On May 6, 2019, the Santa Maria Arts Council will honor Recreation and Parks Department Director Alex Posada as it awards $13,000 to emerging artists in the Individual Grants in the Arts Competition.
Each year, since 1972, the grants have been awarded in the name of an individual or individuals who have made a significant impact on the arts in northern Santa Barbara County. Mr. Posada has been a supporter of the arts throughout his years as director of the city department by providing resources, event venues, and staff assistance to promote the arts throughout Santa Maria. His work with the arts community has helped to ensure the vibrancy of arts and culture in the city.
Mr. Alex Posada, in addition to his generous support of local arts, has been a member of the staff at the Recreation and Parks Department since 1977. He has been an active member the community serving as a board member and volunteer for the American Red Cross, member of Kiwanis International and many other community groups. Mr. Posada served 9 years as a “Trustee” for the Santa Barbara Foundation, is a board member of Santa Maria Kiwanis for Kids, Inc. and also serves as the CEO/President for the People for Leisure And Youth, Inc. Alex has also been recognized as “Citizen of the Year” by the Chamber Of Commerce. His department has been awarded several CPRS "Agency Showcase Awards" for innovative projects, as well as professional recognition from the National Park and Recreation Association.