2015 Individual Grants in the Arts Honoree
“I am very lucky to have been involved in the Fine Arts. I cannot draw a straight line or carry a tune. Art and music lessons in my youth did nothing to help,” explains Karen White, the Santa Maria Arts Council’s 2015 honoree for the Individual Grants in the Arts.
As a reporter, she covered and photographed most of the major news and agricultural events for the Santa Maria Times from 1964 to 2002. At the very start of her storied career, her penchant for the arts led her to attend and review plays, concerts, dance performances, flower festivals, and art exhibits from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara. In the mid-sixties she became the Arts Editor for the Santa Maria Times. Her stories on the arts helped create awareness, audience, and support for cultural organizations in the greater Santa Maria Valley.