PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, December 4, 2014

Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation receives 2014 Leadership in the Arts Award from the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission

The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation was recognized by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors at their December 2nd meeting with a Resolution acknowledging the 2014 Leadership in the Arts Award recipient. First District Supervisor Salud Carbajal made the presentation on behalf of the Board recognizing the Bowl’s significant contributions to performing arts education and community outreach.
Upon receiving the award Paul Doré, President of the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation had this to say, “It is an honor to be recognized as the 2014 Leadership in the Arts Awards Recipient by the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. The Bowl Foundation has had an engaged and dynamic partnership with the County Arts Commission for many years as we jointly work towards better access to performing arts education for youth in Santa Barbara County.” Doré went on to say, “As we transition to Education Outreach as an organizational priority, we look forward to growing our commitment to County-wide youth performing arts education.”
The Leadership in the Arts Award was established in 2006 by the County Arts Commission.
“Over the years, the Leadership in the Arts award has given the Arts Commission an opportunity to publicly recognize the great achievements realized by individuals and organizations who, through their vision, commitment and dedication, infuse and ignite our regional arts and culture and increase access to arts in Santa Barbara County,” states Ginny Brush, Executive Director of the Arts Commission.
The Arts Commission’s presentation of the 2014 Leadership in the Arts Award will take place at a festive celebration and holiday gathering on December 4th from 6-8pm in the Channing Peake Gallery during 1st Thursday in Downtown Santa Barbara. The Channing Peake Gallery is located on the 1st floor of the County Administration Building at 105 E. Anapamu Street.
The Bowl Foundation’s commitment to arts education goes back to 1998 when concerned Bowl Foundation volunteer board members established SAGE (School Arts Gifts and Education) with a goal to help re-establish arts education as a priority within Santa Barbara. In 2003 the SAGE program transitioned to the current Education Outreach that was established as a funding, support and resource organization. Through the Bowl’s Education Outreach efforts, over $972,926 in program funding has been provided and has generated over 145,000 touch-points for students in the greater Santa Barbara area and in schools and communities throughout the County.
The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation’s model of venture philanthropy and seed funding has helped to fund and build several model programs including Notes for Notes, which is now a national organization, and Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus’ All Schools Chorus, creating shared experiences for the youth of the County. This Arts Subsidy funding source has been instrumental and essential for growth funding for individual regional artists and programs such as Michael Katz and Pickleberry Pie who present a series of concerts at Cottage Hospital for hospitalized children.
Through its Bowl Arts Subsidy Fund and a partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission the Community Arts Enrichment (CAE) Grant program was established in 2011 to increase access to the arts for rural and underserved communities countywide. Since then funding totaling $107,173 has been raised to support 82 grants and 61 cultural projects or programs throughout Santa Barbara County.
The Leadership in the Arts Award was established in 2006 as an annual award “to honor and recognize individuals or organizations that have made a significant impact on the arts and culture of our region through innovative thinking and exemplary commitment to promoting, sustaining, and advancing our quality of life through the Arts.” Second District Supervisor Susan Rose was the first recipient of the award. Since then the award has gone to Santa Maria artist, arts educator and long-time arts advocate Nat Fast; Joe and Margie Talaugon, long-time Guadalupe residents for their commitment, community involvement and support for art and cultural activities through the Guadalupe Cultural Arts & Education Center; Mark Whitehurst and Kerry Methner, Publisher and Editor of CASA Magazine; and Bill Cirone and Tina Fanucci, for their commitment and advocacy for arts education in schools. In 2011, Zaveeni Khan-Marcus received the award for her significant contributions to the community through her work as Director of the UCSB MultiCultrual Center; Rod Lathim received the award the following year for his passionate commitment to use the arts to affect social change; and in 2013 the award was presented to life-long Arts advocate Connie Rohde-Stanchfield.
The Arts Commission is a division of the Santa Barbara County Community Services Department. Established in 1977 the Arts Commission is a 15-member panel with three representatives appointed by each of the five County District Supervisors. The Commission serves as a regional arts agency for the County and is linked to the California Arts Council through the State and Local Partnership Program. It also provides arts services to the City of Santa Barbara through a decades-old partnership between the City and County. For more information visit
PHOTO CREDIT: Lael Wageneck
CAPTION: County Board of Supervisors recognizes Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation with resolution for Arts Commission’s 2014 Leadership in the Arts Award. Pictured from left to right: 1st District Supervisor Salud Carbajal, Paul Doré, President of the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation; Graham Farrar, Education Outreach Chair; Rick Boller, Bowl Staff Executive Director; Ginny Brush, Executive Director of the County Arts Commission, and Gera Ayala, Arts Commission Chair.


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Name: Ginny Brush ARTS COMMISSION No. 14-024
Title: Executive Director
Phone: (805) 568-3994

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