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Assemblymember Kevin McCarty Awards $714,068 to Celebration Arts, Sacramento’s Premier Black Theater 

(SACRAMENTO, CA—March 7, 2023) – Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D–Sacramento) presents a check to Celebration Arts theater in the amount of $714,068 from the 2023-24 State Budget. The funds will be used to increase Administrative Staff and make necessary capital building improvements to its B Street theater. Additionally, these funds will support acquiring new theatrical lighting and technology investments, which will allow Celebration Arts, Sacramento’s premier Black theater, to expand to a new level of operation after 37 years of bringing quality theater and arts programs to the Sacramento community.

WHAT: Celebration Arts Check Presentation

WHEN: Friday, March 10, 2023, Noon – 12:30 PM

WHERE: Celebration Arts, 2727 B Street, Sacramento, CA  95816

WHO: Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, Celebration Arts Founder James Wheatley, Artistic Director James Ellison III, Board Members Halifu Osumare, PhD, Kelly McDole, Nicole Manker, Samuel Jenkins, Voress Franklin



Kevin McCarty represents California’s 6th Assembly District, which includes the city of Sacramento, and parts of unincorporated Sacramento County. McCarty serves as Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance. Website of Assemblymember Kevin McCarty:


Originally the Celebration Dance Company founded in 1976 by James Wheatley, Celebration Arts became a 501c3 organization in 1986. For more than 30 years, Celebration Arts continues to be a cornerstone of music, dance, and theater for the Sacramento region’s African American community bringing Black artists and stories to its stage at 2727 B Street. In addition, Celebration Arts provides educational programs to children through Kids’ Time and dance training for teens, adults, and seniors. More information can be found at


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