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Santa Maria Arts Council

Encouraging and Supporting the Expansion of the Arts since 1965
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The 2015 Individual Grants in the Arts Showcase
Monday, May 18
Veterans Memorial Center
West Tunnell, Santa Maria

An evening of performance, gourmet deli, dessert, wine, and the opportunity to meet our promising new artists and our Honoree, Karen White.
Meet the Artists 5:30
Dinner 5:45
Performances and Awards 6:30
2015 Winners
Alexander Caballero
Sydni Abenido
Chad Patterson
Holly Halay
Daniel Ha
Trevor J. Neri
Visual Arts
Oscar Pearson
Nat Fast Memorial Grant
Katie Wackowski
Ian M. Hassett Memorial Scholarship
Maria Cristina Arevalo
Los Padres Artist Guild Scholarship
Krystel de los Reyes
Karen White
2015 Individual Grants in the Arts Honoree

“I am very lucky to have been involved in the Fine Arts. I cannot draw a straight line or carry a tune. Art and music lessons in my youth did nothing to help,” explains Karen White, the Santa Maria Arts Council’s 2015 honoree for the Individual Grants in the Arts.

As a reporter, she covered and photographed most of the major news and agricultural events for the Santa Maria Times from 1964 to 2002. At the very start of her storied career, her penchant for the arts led her to attend and review plays, concerts, dance performances, flower festivals, and art exhibits from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara. In the mid-sixties she became the Arts Editor for the Santa Maria Times. Her stories on the arts helped create awareness, audience, and support for cultural organizations in the greater Santa Maria Valley.
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If you wish to become a sponsor for this amazing event that each year showcases the talents of the Santa Maria's brightest emerging artists, contact Kate Burridge at
Thanks to our sponsor of the Grants Showcase…
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2014 Grants recipients
Mimi Stang, Brenna McNamara, Rachel Shedd, Kaden Howard, Jennifer Cameron, Marti Fast (Honoree), Chavela Matias-Lopez, Robby Wagner, Sierra Wells, Jose Antonio Cossio, Daniel Ha, Allyson Hankins

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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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