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The Cultural Arts Society was formed in the fall of 2009 by representatives from the University of La Verne, Hillcrest residents and staff, and the community-at-large. It was established as a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, under the auspices of Hillcrest Retirement Community. From its inception, the Cultural Arts Society has been committed to providing access to the arts by bringing the arts to our community at affordable prices, honoring artists by paying them a fair fee, encouraging local performing and visual artists, and promoting the arts in our schools.


Barbara Smythe, Past Chair & Hillcrest Resident
Deb Waas, Current Chair
Matthew NeeleyCEO Hillcrest
Leroy LappHillcrest Resident 
Margaret AiecheledA Center for the Arts
Shirley TurnerHillcrest Marketing
Karen ClobesSecretary   


Strong support from Hillcrest, donors and subscribers has made it possible for the Cultural Arts Society to:

  • Provide four high quality performing arts programs per season at The Meeting House at Hillcrest ranging in genres from 
    blue grass to opera, jazz to symphony orchestras.
  • Offer complimentary tickets for students to our performing arts shows.
  • Support a writing and drama program, The Imagination Machine, in local schools.
  • Provide a pilot after-school art program taught by artists for 4th, 5th, and 6th gradersDevelop The Gallery at Hillcrest in 2013 to showcase the visual arts
  • It hosts local children’s art, artists from the Pomona Valley Art Association, the dA Center for the Arts, and local artists like Eric Davis and world known sculpture, the late John Svenson.
  • Collaborate with the Historical Society of La Verne, ULV, the City of La Verne, Bonita Unified School District and Hillcrest to develop a permanent historical exhibit showcasing the history of La Verne. The exhibit will be part of The Gallery at Hillcrest collection, and a resource for the local elementary school curriculum.
  • Develop The Gallery at Hillcrest in 2013 to showcase the visual arts.

Circle of Friends  $25 - $99: Publish Name in printed programs; Meet & Greet events; Certificate of Appreciation.

Circle of Sponsors  $100 - $249: Publish Name in printed programs; Meet & Greet events; Sponsor Two Students with a pair of tickets to the Cultural Arts Society season events; Certificate of Appreciation.

Circle of Patrons $250 And Above: Publish Name in printed programs, Meet & Greet events; Complimentary Dining for Two* in the Mountain View Dining Room prior to the Cultural Arts Society events; Sponsor Four Students with a pair of tickets to the Cultural Arts Society events scheduled for the season; Certificate of Appreciation.

  • “The Cultural Arts Society has brought something amazing to La Verne that is usually only available in larger cities–quality performances. This has been accomplished at a ticket price that is affordable for our citizens.” ~Mayor Don Kendrick, City of La Verne
  • “The arts help transform American communities and the result can be a better child, a better town, a better nation and certainly a better world.” ~Robert L. Lynch, President, Americans for the Arts
     *All Donations are Tax-Deductible
  • (Dining for Two is valued at $25 and is not tax-deductible)
  • The Cultural Arts Society is a non-profit, 501(c) 3 community organization under the auspices of Hillcrest Retirement Community.  Tax ID # 951809564

Visit the Gallery

Give yourself time before your concert or visit to browse in The Gallery on the Mezzanine in The Meeting House at Hillcrest.  (Accessible by stairs or elevator.) 

Current Exhibit – “The Artist Eye“

Plan Your Visit to The Meeting House

2705 Mountain View Drive, La Verne 91750
Call us: 909-593-4917