SAN FRANCISCO (July 14, 2020) – iWorkGlobal, a fully owned subsidiary of Gary D. Nelson & Associates and an authority in global workforce management, announced today that they have donated $50,000 towards the establishment of an outdoor learning and art center at the Sonoma Community Center. The new center will serve both Sonoma Valley adults and children with theater and outdoor movement and art classes.
With drastically reduced foot traffic and funding as a result of the ongoing pandemic, iWorkGlobal and the Sonoma Community Center have partnered to create a space where visual arts and community events would continue to be at the forefront in the Sonoma Valley.
“The way we work has forced us to evolve during this global pandemic and we were drawn to the way in which Sonoma Community Center has evolved their approach, by providing outdoor and virtual classes during this time.” said Jeff Phelps, CEO of iWorkGlobal. “With the growing diversity in the Sonoma County population, we’re thrilled that this outdoor learning and art center will provide much needed space for continued growth in not only the arts, but social and emotional learning as well.”
The Outdoor Learning and Art Center will be named after iWorkGlobal, a Nelson Family Company. Gary and Marcia Nelson have been long-time supporters and advocates for the arts and education in the Sonoma Valley and the learning center will have an estimated open date of June 2021.
“The Nelson Family has a rich history of philanthropic support involving educational programs for the youth.” said John Gurney, Executive Director of Sonoma Community Center. “We are grateful for their support in expanding organizational capacity with the creation of an Outdoor Learning and Art Center. Research has shown art education is a major positive influence on student success and with this gift, we will be able to provide educational programs with an emphasis on youth art programs.”
The Sonoma Community Center will hold its annual fundraiser “The Muse” as a virtual event on Saturday August 8th, 2020 where they will be holding a telethon, honoring Carol & Sam Morphy. The event will feature a challenge to match the $50K donation by iWorkGlobal.
Find more details about this event at: www.sonomacommunitycenter.org/muse/
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About Sonoma Community Center
Built as the Sonoma Grammar School in 1916, Sonoma Community Center was incorporated as a public benefit 501c3 organization in 1952 and is listed on the National Register for Historic Places. Over two decades ago, the Center transitioned to a cultural arts center for all Sonoma Valley residents. The Center offers over 200 classes and workshops annually in painting, drawing, printmaking, fiber art, ceramics, music, movement and the culinary arts – all directed by professional staff and career teaching artists. For more information, please visit: www.sonomacommunitycenter.org