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Santa Maria Arts Council

Encouraging and Supporting the Expansion of the Arts since 1965
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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

Application now available

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Application deadline
March 21

Visual Arts installation
April 6

Performing Arts auditions
April 7

Grants Showcase
Monday, May 7
Marian Theatre

Are you a student working toward a career in the arts?

Apply now for the Arts Council Grants Competition.

$1500 and $1000 awards in
Visual Arts

Since 1972, the Santa Maria Arts Council - as of 2018 - has awarded $300,000 to emerging artists in the greater Santa Maria Area.
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
Individual Grants in the Arts

Honoring Craig and Linda Shafer, Artists, Art supporters, Art advocates

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.

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.

Application available online February 1


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:

• 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

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).

Audition guidelines, photos of visual arts displays, and other information for performing and visual artists are available on the site.

Email questions to:

The 2018 Individual Grants in the Arts are proudly sponsored by

Maguire Investments • Allan Hancock College • City of Santa Maria • Santa Maria Sun
As of 2017, the Santa Maria Arts Council has awarded $286,900 to 378 artists since 1972.
2017 Winners

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

Visual Arts
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

Thanks to major sponsors, Allan Hancock College, Maguire Investments, Santa Maria Recreation and Parks, Santa Maria Sun.

2017 Individual Grants in the Arts

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Santa Maria Arts Council
P.O. Box 5
Santa Maria, CA
The Santa Maria Arts Council is a 501c3 non-profit. Your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.
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