Arts Council announces 2014 Grants Competition
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Since 1972 the Santa Maria Arts Council has awarded over $247,600 to 347 locally trained artists through its Individual Grants Competition.
in 2014, the Santa Maria Arts Council will award 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 respectively, will be awarded to artists in each of the four categories. Additional grants: the newly established Nat D. Fast Memorial Grant and the Ian M. Hassett Memorial Grant as well as the LPGA Grant.
Artists interested in entering the competition must first attend a workshop to obtain an application. - click on the Workshops tab.
To be eligible, applicants must be 12 years or older, and have studied art in Northern Santa Barbara County for a minimum of two years. Geographic limits are Santa Ynez to Lompoc to Santa Maria and Guadalupe to Cuyama.
For more information contact:
Kate Burridge (805) 459-1503 or email@example.com
Marti Fast at firstname.lastname@example.org
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All applicants* MUST attend a Grants Workshop to obtain an application for the Individual Grants in the Arts Competition.
Applications will be issued ONLY at workshops
Allan Hancock College Lompoc
Santa Maria Public Library
YOU ARE ELIGIBILE IF:
1. You are 12 or older.
2. You lived in northern Santa Barbara County for at least two years -ORYou
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. The Grants Committee may ask for
verifi cation of residence (driver’s license, phone directory, or transcripts).
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 from 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 Deadline: March 21
Applicants must ensure that the Arts Council receives the following materials by the deadline:
❏ The completed original application, plus:
❏ Three (3) photocopies of the completed application
❏ Two (2) business size SASE’s (self-addressed stamped envelopes)
❏ Visual Arts: Four images of your best current work, either slides or prints
❏ Letters of Recommendation from three (3) mentors, enclosed with 3 copies of each letter
All materials must be postmarked or received by the deadline. Mail to:
Storm Hogan • SMAC INDIVIDUAL GRANTS
Allan Hancock College
800 So College
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Judging - April 5
Applicants should be prepared for the possibility of a prescreening audition or portfolio review in late March, which may be required if there are too many applicants in their category.
All applicants will be notified by mail by late March, regarding their acceptance and
audition time or ineligibility for that year's competition.
Eligible visual arts applicants will set up their displays the afternoon prior to the judging; eligible performing arts applicants will audition their works for the Grants judges beginning at 10:00 a.m. the day of judging. If there are unavoidable morning or afternoon time constraints for applicants or their accompanists, these should be noted with the applications so the Grants Committee may schedule accordingly.
Emergency phone for audition day: 805/922-6966 x3252
Awards Presentation: Monday May 19, 2014
5:30 p.m. • Maldanado Community Youth Center, Santa Maria
All candidates chosen for awards MUST participate in the Awards Performance Presentation at the Veterans’ Memorial Community Center or forfeit the grant.
Further, grant recipients must also agree to participate in a future Arts Council event within the next five years (e.g. the annual Awards Performance Presentation, Autumn Arts Evening, or other Event). Failure to meet any of these scheduled events will result in disqualification.
For More Information
...phone Ms. Kate Burridge at 459-1503 or Ms. Marti Fast at 489-2665, or Email, firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Individual Grants in the Arts Honoree
Marti Fast, Artist, Arts educator and Arts advocate
Art Gallery Director and Fine Arts instructor at Allan Hancock College Co-chair, Santa Maria Arts Council Individual Grants in the Arts
Marti Fast’s pursuit of drawing has translated into a career of teaching students what she loves. A graduate of San Jose State University, Fast has more than 35 years of experience creating, designing, curating, and teaching art at Allan Hancock College.
She has been the college’s art gallery director since 1997 and teaches watercolor, drawing, and design. She also facilitates educational bus trips to area museums through the Community Education department.
Fast is a passionate advocate for the arts. She has served as co-chair for the Santa Maria Arts Council Individual Grants in the Arts since 1998, giving particular focus to preparing visual artists for the demands of the competition. She is proud to carry on the work of her father, the late Nat Fast, who helped found the Arts Council and established the Grants trust fund in 1972. The trust has awarded over a quarter of a million dollars to area dancers, actors, musicians, and visual artists.
Life drawing is Ms. Fast’s passion, a lifelong practice in the art of capturing on paper the dynamics of balance, mood, expression, and individuality of another human being in 20 minutes or less. In her classes, students learn to draw quickly and confidently, and her greatest joy is when they begin to perceive the world before them with the open eyes of an artist. “Drawing the human form is always captivating. It’s a challenging, dynamic process to use my eyes and brain and see that person’s energy and life infused onto the page—you have to be completely in the moment. I took to it right away. It is a conversation and response when you have the life model; it sets the stage for the class.”
Fast’s drawings have been included in two volumes of Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing published by North Light Books, as well as in Drawing & Sketching Secrets: Over 200 Tips and Techniques for Doing it the Easy Way. “How marvelous it is to be able to teach what I love, sharing my enthusiasm for the process of drawing,” she commented.
Designing meaningful gallery presentations for the college is a creative endeavor that helps educate and inspire awareness of the arts. The best exhibits, she says, cause viewers to look twice at a piece of art, engaging them in a give and take with the creation and the creator. One of Fast’s favorites was last October, when a group of Tibetan monks created a large colorful sand mandala in the gallery, and she welcomed 2500 visitors through the doors in four days. “Everyone on campus was deeply moved, and they are still talking about the experience of witnessing the creation of the mandala.”
She has twice co-chaired the Aquarius watercolor competition for the Central Coast Watercolor Society, and frequently judges shows for area arts groups and associations.
Lester B. Hayes Grants
$500 art programming grants
The goal of these grants is to support Santa Maria Valley programs through short-term projects which enhance the arts.
Emphasis of the project should be on youth programs supporting the arts and developing students’ artistic awareness.
The applicant/organization must reside in the geographical area served by the Santa Maria Arts Council and present activities that take place in that area and which benefit Santa Maria Valley residents.
Organizational applicants must be able to demonstrate or find a sponsor that can show proof of non-profit status under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code or Section 23701d of the California State Franchise Tax Code at the time of application.
Proof of non-profit status is not necessary for governmental entities, schools, or city agencies and departments.
For general information and questions, contact Kate Burridge, email@example.com