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Santa Maria Arts Council

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The Santa Maria Arts Council is an umbrella organization for local art groups and supporters. The Arts Council continues to initiate, encourage, and expand activities which open new opportunities for all artists, students, and residents of the Santa Maria valley. Council members include artists, arts advocates, educators, city and government leaders, business, and various art groups.

The Council meets monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at noon at various locations including Able Maldonado, Vets Memorial, and Minami Centers. Sign up for Arts Council News to receive meeting announcements.

The Arts Council encourages and supports emerging artists through the Individual Grants Competition which this year will disburse $13,000 annually to first and second place finalists in music, drama, dance, and visual arts.

The Council administers the Lester B. Hayes Grant in support of arts education programs in the valley.

The Council sponsors the annual Student Arts Show, and supports Santa Maria’s Autumn Arts Grapes and Grains Festival.

The Student Art Show awards are provided by the sale of raffle tickets for the Birdhouse fundraiser held at Autumn Arts, the first Saturday in October.

And one of the most important things about art is it teaches you to not just think about yourself, but it puts you in the head of other people. So you start realizing somebody else’s pain, or somebody else’s hopes. And you start realizing that we have more in common. So if I read a novel by somebody in Africa, now, suddenly, I understand more about how we are similar.  And if I listen to a Vietnamese rap, and it connects to the things that I’m feeling, now I feel closer to a country on the other side of the world. And that’s how we build understanding. And that’s how we end up being able to work together and plan together and build a better future together.
-Barack Obama

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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.