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Yuba Sutter Arts & Culture

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David Read is the Executive Director of Yuba Sutter Arts & Culture in Marysville, California. A long-time champion for the arts and well-known community leader, David has brought his experience in marketing, finance and program management to the organization.  He has been actively involved for nine years as a volunteer, board member and President before being hired to serve as Executive Director in 2016.  David is an active member of Rotary, Veridian Symphony Orchestra and Friends of the Yuba County Library. He has successfully written grants and then managed the funded programs for Veterans Arts Projects, the Jump StArts grant in collaboration with the Yuba County Office of Education for at-risk and system engaged youth and many others. Most recently, YSAC received two grants from the California State Library Civil Liberties program in collaboration with the Japanese American Citizens League to help preserve their local history during WWII. 

Abbie Cesena is the Managing Director of Yuba Sutter Arts & Culture in Marysville, California and focuses on staff and facility management, fundraising and programming.  She holds a BS in Recreation Administration from California State University, Fresno and has over 35 years of experience in municipal recreation, most of which was with the City of Yuba City, Parks and Recreation Department.  Abbie has played a significant role in many Yuba-Sutter community events, including the California Prune Festival, Yuba City Cultural Celebration, Way, Way, Way Off Broadway, Applause and many, many more. She has served on the Boards of the California Parks and Recreation Society, Yuba Sutter Juvenile Justice Commission, Sutter Performing Arts Association and Friends of Yuba City Parks & Recreation. Abbie is a 20+ year member of Rotary International and is a Past President of South Yuba County Rotary Club.

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Chapters is a multi-part series concerning the history and the lessons of civil rights violations or civil liberties injustices carried out against communities or populations—including civil rights violations or civil liberties injustices that are perpetrated on the basis of an individual’s race, national origin, immigration status, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

This project was made possible with support from Chapman University and The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, a state-funded grant project of the California State Library.

Guests: David Read and Abbie Cesena
Hosts: Jon-Barrett Ingels and Jonelle Strickland
Produced by: Public Podcasting

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