The City of Escondido through its Public art Program, has established an endowment fund in honor of Niki de Saint Phalle's incredibly generous gift of Queen Califia's Magical Circle to the children of Escondido. The garden was created by, and entirely financed by, this renowned French-American artist. The Endowment will give Escondido's school children the opportunity to come and visit the garden. It will fund the transportation costs for docent lead classes to visit and explore the garden, and eventually fund on-going arts enrichment programs associated with the garden. Niki's dream was to create a wonderful legacy for Southern California, a place she dearly loved. She created a place for families to gather, play and engage in a visually rich world of ideas, symbols and forms. The Endowment Fund will allow children to explore Southern California's mythic and historic origins and it's rich cultural diversity. For further information about the Niki Endowment Fund and how one can contribute to the fund, please call (760)839-4519.