The Gallo Center for the Arts is a downtown Modesto performing arts venue with two state-of-the-art theaters: the 1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater and the 444-seat Foster Family Theater. It opened in 2007 thanks to a unique public/private partnership funded jointly by the County of Stanislaus, which owns the facility, and contributions from more than 4,000 individuals, families and businesses given to a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which today operates the Center. Annual attendance at performances and other events is approximately 200,000.
Four resident companies call the Gallo Center home: Central West Ballet, Modesto Performing Arts, Modesto Symphony Orchestra and Opera Modesto. In addition to hosting their performances, the Center has a wide range programming including spectacular Broadway touring productions; internationally acclaimed artists from pop, rock, blues, country, classical and other musical genres; vibrant world music and dance; a wealth of family performances; major stars of Latino entertainment, and stand-up comedy greats.
Also available are dramatic and comedic plays from the Gallo Center Repertory Company, as well as Sankofa Theatre Company, the region’s only African American theater organization. Complementing all of this is a robust, nationally admired arts education program—Pathways to Creativity—that impacts tens of thousands of school children each year.
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