Encouraging and Supporting the Expansion of the Arts since 1965
2017 Grants Showcase: 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.
2018 Individual Grants in the Arts
2018 Individual Grants in the Arts Winners
DANCE 1st place ($1,500) - Damian Sanchez 2nd place ($1,000) - Charlotte Baldiviez
DRAMA 1st place ($1,500) - Skye Privat 2nd place ($1,100) - Kyle Green
MUSIC 1st place ($1,500) - Isabella Osgood 2nd place ($1,000) - Bridget Lee Nat D. Fast Memorial Grant ($1,000) - Zachariah Mayberry
VISUAL ARTS 1st place ($1,500) - Emily McCosh 2nd place ($1,000) - Edward Chavarria Ian M Hassett Memorial ($1,000) - Yaquelin Suarez Guzman Los Padres Artists Guild Scholarship ($1,000) - Chloe Sheley Los Padres Artists Guild’s Alice Koster & Irene Humann Memorial Scholarships ($800) - Vanessa Osalde
A $1,500 First Award and $1,000 Second Award will be presented to emerging artists in each category of Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts.
The grants are based on artistic excellence and promise to grow in the Arts.
CRITERIA 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.
PURPOSE OF THE GRANTS 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.
Applicants must ensure that the Arts Council receives the following materials by the deadline: ❏ The completed application ❏ Recommendation forms filed by three (3) mentors with people you which to recommend you. ❏ Performing Artists only: One current head shot and mp3 files you need for auditioning ❏ Visual Artists only: Upload - 6-10 digital images of your work for prescreening
JUDGING: Saturday, April 7 • Be prepared for the rare possibility of a prescreening audition or portfolio review in late March if the number of eligible competitors exceeds a category limit. • All applicants will be notified by mail with a follow-up email regarding acceptance and audition time.
If you submit an application but don’t receive audition information by March 28, contact Ms. Kate Burridge at 805/459.1503 or email: email@example.com
• Eligible visual artists will set up displays the afternoon before the judging. See guidelines on this site.
• Eligible performing artists will audition for the Grants judges beginning at 10:00am. Unavoidable morning or afternoon time constraints for performers or their accompanists should be included with the application to assist scheduling.
• Emergency phone for audition day: 805/268-2554
AWARDS PRESENTATION Showcase : Monday, May 7 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).
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Audition guidelines, photos of visual arts displays, and other information for performing and visual artists are available on the site.
Email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2018 Individual Grants in the Arts are proudly sponsored by
Maguire Investments • Allan Hancock College • City of Santa Maria • Santa Maria Sun