A fiscal sponsor is a nonprofit organization that provides fiduciary oversight, financial management, and other administrative services to help build the capacity of charitable projects which are not 501(c)(3) organizations. The project must further the mission of the sponsoring organization. Under this model, donations made to the project are considered charitable in nature and may be tax-deductible. El Dorado Arts Council serves as the fiscal sponsor for projects which have an arts and culture focus and serve the public good.

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Your tax-deductible contributions to these projects support cultural innovation in El Dorado County.


Applecore Fringe

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Applecore Fringe Festival is an annual theatre festival that encourages and promotes innovative theatrical performance. With venues in locations on Main Street in historic downtown Placerville, Applecore Fringe brings artists from all over the country to showcase their original performance work – edgy, inspired, and dynamic pieces that push the envelope of traditional theatre-making.

Divide Music Coalition

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The vision of Divide Music Coalition is that all elementary students be exposed to music, both listening and playing a simple instrument; a music program that allows interested and talented students to progress through a program, providing the opportunity to advance their skills; and to foster a community that gathers around young musicians, supporting and enjoying their musical journeys.

See the Elephant!

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The mission of See the Elephant! is to make performance more accessible to the region by providing professional artistic opportunities and building partnerships that foster deeper engagement, in the belief that theatre and dance are relevant when they respond to the immediate needs and desires of the local community. ........................................................................................................       

Studio 81

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Studio 81 is the drama club at El Dorado High School’s theatre department under the direction of Program Director Paul Tomei. Studio 81 students have attended prestigious colleges and pursued careers in acting technical theatre, musical theatre, music, and education. The Studio 81 actors perform for over 2000 audience members annually, providing a variety of entertaining and challenging plays over the course of the school year.