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Santa Maria Arts Council
Encouraging and Supporting the Expansion of the Arts since 1965

Due to the COVID-19 emergency we were unable to award emerging artists with grants this year. And, we had to cancel the 40th annual spring Student Art Show.
We hope to resume in 2021.

The 2019 Santa Maria Arts Council Individual Grants in the Arts Winners
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1st place dance - Charlotte Baldiviez
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1st place drama - Brooke Johnson
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1st place visual arts - Donna Olivera
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1st place music - Kevin Park
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2nd place visual arts - Anna Miller
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2nd place drama - Victoria Sanders
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2nd place dance - Emmanuel Zaragoza
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2nd place music - Taylor Hart
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Ian M. Hassett Memorial Award - Gold Vang
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Nat Fast Memorial Performance Award - Holly Vander Hyde
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Valley Art Gallery Scholarship - Kaylee Kamiya
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Honoree Alex Posada and MC Kitty Balay
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As of 2019, the Santa Maria Arts Council has awarded $319,800 to over 400 emerging artists in dance, drama, music, and visual arts since 1972.


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Individual Grants in the Arts
has been cancelled

The grants are based on artistic excellence and promise to grow in the Arts.

The Judges will select the two individuals in each category who demonstrate outstanding talent and have immediate goals that are attainable and consistent with the SMAC objectives. Artistic promise, potential to grow as an artist, and the ability to contribute to the arts in this region will be considered.

The Santa Maria Arts Council, Inc. is a non‑profit organization dedicated to supporting the arts and enriching cultural life on the Central Coast. The Council instituted the Grants in 1972 to help identify, encourage, and offer monetary support to local artists as they grow in their art. By offering public recognition and financial help to developing artists, the grants increase the pool of artists and invigorate the arts in our area. The grants may be used for artistic development, and cover expenses such as tuition, public transportation to school, private lessons, or the purchase of instruments, tools and supplies.

The Individual Grants support emerging individual artists. Established artists and groups may apply for the Lester B. Hayes Project and Performance Grants, or other competitions appropriate to their status.

You are ELIGIBILE if:
1. You are age 12 or older.
2. You lived in northern Santa Barbara County for at least two years -OR- you have completed at least one Fine Arts class or youth arts program during each of four semesters in the Santa Maria area. Current residency is not required.
If your home was within the geographic limits of the Allan Hancock College District (Buellton, Cuyama, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Orcutt, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, and environs), you are eligible.
Verification of residence may be required.
Classes in Santa Maria/Orcutt public or private schools, youth arts programs at Allan Hancock College or the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department, or with area private teachers all qualify for consideration.
3. You may apply in one (1) category per competition cycle.
4. You may compete for the Grants Awards a lifetime total of three (3) times.
5. First place winners are ineligible in the following Grants cycle and must skip a year before competing again. If a First Award was split between two people, you do not have to skip a year. Second place winners are eligible to compete in the following Grants cycle.

Monday, May 4
the showcase has been cancelled.
Rehearsal call 3pm • Event begins 5:30pm • Marian Theatre at Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria
All candidates chosen for awards MUST participate in the Awards Showcase or forfeit the grant.
Grant recipients also agree to participate in a future Arts Council event within the next five years (e.g. the annual Awards Performance Presentation or other Arts Council event).

Watch Kate Burridge's Grants information video…

Welcome to the 2018 Individual Grants in the Arts competition from Kate Burridge.
Be sure to check out additional information

Visual Arts Audition Information

Performance Audition Information..
Tips for your audition
Grants application information…
Tips for Visual Artists
Make A Donation
Mail to P.O. Box 5
Santa Maria, CA 93455
The Santa Maria Arts Council is a 501c3 non-profit. Your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.
Tax ID # 23-7011595

Santa Maria Arts Council
P.O. Box 5
Santa Maria, CA