Honoree Bill Cirone, Daniel Ha, Zachary Hasbany, Meami Maszewski, Bianca Norwood, Maya Sherer, Bailey Hall, Lily Hernandez, Derick Edwards, Rachel Shedd, Gold Vang, Lorren Baker, Emmanuel Zaragoza.
Winners Announced in Santa Maria Arts Council’s
Individual Grants in the Arts Competition
On May 15, 12 artists working in the mediums of dance, drama, music, and visual arts will share a prize pool of $13,300. First and second place winners will receive $1,500 and $1,000 respectively in addition to recipients of the Nat Fast Memorial Grant, the Ian M. Hassett Memorial Scholarship, and Los Padres Artist Guild Scholarship/Irene Humann Memorial Grant.
Bailey Hall 1st $1,500
Emmanuel Zaragoza 2nd $1,000
Meami Maszewski 1st $1,500
Bianca Norwood 2nd $1,000
Daniel Ha 1st $1,500
Zachary Hasbany 2nd $1,000
Lily Hernandez 1st $1,500
Derick Edwards 2nd $1,000
Nat Fast Memorial Grant - Drama
Maya Sherer $1,000
Ian M. Hassett Memorial Scholarship – Visual Arts
Rachel Shedd $1,000
Los Padres Artist Guild Scholarship/Irene Humann Memorial Scholarship – Visual Arts
Gold Vang $650
Los Padres Artist Guild Scholarship – Visual Arts
Lorren Baker $650
Visual artists displays and performances in music, dance, and drama will be showcased on the evening of Monday, May 15, beginning at 5:30 pm at the Veterans Memorial Community Center, 313 W. Tunnell St., Santa Maria. The evening includes dinner by Phil’s Catering, wine, and the opportunity to meet our promising new artists.
The reception begins at 5:30 pm with performances and awards at 6:30 pm.
Each year the grants are awarded in the name of an individual or individuals who have made a significant impact on the arts in northern Santa Barbara County. This year’s Individual Grants in the Arts Honoree is a longtime advocate for arts education, William J. Cirone County Superintendent of Schools. In 1997, Mr. Cirone was appointed to co-chair the California Arts Task Force to make policy recommendations regarding placement of visual and performing arts in education. He established the Children’s Creative Project which provides artists in residence in schools countywide. That program reaches more than 65,000 children annually with performances and visual and performing arts workshops. Bill has stated, “The arts are a form of expression and communication that is essential to the human experience, and they truly deserve a regular place in our classrooms.”
Showcase tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for students, and $10, for children.
Visit www.smartscouncil.org/showcase/ to order your tickets in advance. $5 more at the door. RSVP May 9, 2017.
Thanks to major sponsors, Allan Hancock College, Maguire Investments, Santa Maria Recreation and Parks, Santa Maria Sun.