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Santa Maria Arts Council

Encouraging and Supporting the Expansion of the Arts since 1965
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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.
Santa Maria Arts Council Announces
Individual Grants in the Arts Competition

For more information on our honoree County Superintendent of Schools Bill Cirone. (more)

This spring, the Santa Maria Arts Council awarded over $13,000 to emerging artists in the fields of Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts. First and Second place individual grants of $1,500 and $1,000 went to artists in each of the four categories. Three additional grants are also awarded: the Nat Fast Memorial Grant for performing artists, the Ian M. Hassett Foundation for visual artists, and the Los Padres Artists Guild Grant for student artists.
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 shared 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

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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Individual Grants in the Arts

Honoring Educator, Arts Advocate, & Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools William J. Cirone

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.

Optional Grants WORKSHOPS
Applications and guidelines are available on this site.
If you prefer to get an application in person and have specific questions answered, attend one of these free workshops on the Santa Maria campus:
• Feb 8 Wed 6pm Allan Hancock College Foxworthy Gallery, Rm. L102
(Academic Resource Center, Bldg. L -South)
• Feb 25 Sat 10am Allan Hancock College Rm F-11 (Fine Arts)


Applicants must ensure that the Arts Council receives the following materials by the deadline:
The completed application
Recommendation forms filed by three (3) mentors - share this link ( with people you which to recommend you.
Performing Artists only: One current head shot (passport size or larger), last name on the file, at least 72dpi jpg
Visual Artists only: Upload - via Dropbox to - 6-10 digital images of
your work for prescreening; if video or animation,

JUDGING: Saturday, April 8
• 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 15
Rehearsal call 3pm • Event begins 5:30pm • Veterans Memorial Cultural Center, 313 W. Tunnell Street, 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 2017 Individual Grants in the Arts are proudly sponsored by

Maguire Investments • Allan Hancock College • City of Santa Maria • Santa Maria Sun
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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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