Santa Ana Invests in Artists!
At a time when we almost despair of city leaders seeing the value of putting public money into the arts, Santa Ana has bucked the trend! And we praise their vision. Here is the official press release:
The City of Santa Ana announces the “Investing in the Artist,” an exciting grant opportunity that serves as a catalyst to enhance Santa Ana’s vibrant local art scene. Grants will be awarded to artists living or creating in Santa Ana and organizations with an arts and culture focus serving Santa Ana communities. Awards will be funded in $5,000 or $10,000 increments with approximately $85,000 available for distribution.
“It’s exciting to launch this program designed for talented artists and organizations dedicated to furthering the vibrant arts movement in Santa Ana,” says Mayor Miguel Pulido. “This program provides resources for visionary work being created by our community and for our community,” he adds.
Applicants will be rated and recommended by the City of Santa Ana’s Arts and Culture Commission with final award selection by the Santa Ana City Council. More information can be found at www.santa-ana.org/artistgrant. An Information Session will be held on April 30th at City Hall in the Ross Annex Room 1600 (20 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA) at 5:30 p.m.
Applications can be accessed at: www.cityofsantaana.submittable.com/submit
About the City of Santa Ana:
Santa Ana, located at the heart of Orange County is home to 330,000 residents and 14,000 businesses. With over 50 city parks and recreation facilities, Santa Ana offers a superior quality of life, enhanced by a hip and historic downtown. Ranked the 4th safest city among large cities in the nation by Forbes Magazine, Santa Ana is rich in arts and culture and boasts abundant and diverse shopping opportunities. With the top producing BMW dealership in the Western United States, top rated educational institutions and the much anticipated street car, Santa Ana is Orange County’s urban center.
Annual Soiree was Heroic
Swapping out the word Champion for Superhero the Arts Council brought its Superhero For the Arts Contest to a climax on Thursday April 9th. As good sports, the various contestants (or their deputies) dressed suitably for the occasion, and stepped up for recognition certificates to the cheers of the crowd. Topping out the Superheroes was Cynthia Coad (left) who won the ultimate prize on behalf of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Anaheim.
The contest was a 50:50 arrangement whereby half the proceeds went right back to the member organizations and the other half goes to the Arts Council to provide grants and scholarships.
If last year’s Arts Vibrations changed up the annual soiree to something of a show, so also did this event. As guests checked in, pored over the silent action items and filled their plates with good food, so Vern Nelson entertained from the piano with dazzling speed and good humor. Later in the evening he paired up with the lovely Erika Miller from The Chance to accompany her as she sang.
And in between these segments two wonderful musicians from the Orange County Symphony played a scintillating variety of music arranged for flue and cello. But whereas Hitoshi Suzuki played just the one cello (as would be expected), our flautist Stephanie Getz brought four woodwinds on stage ranging from a traditional-looking flute to a more wooden barreled instrument and a piccolo. Having nearly exhausted herself with a flute arrangement of the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel) she admitted this was the first time she had ever played this in public.
There was no doubt in the minds of many that the musical entertainment was worth the ticket price alone, never mind all the rest of the program items.
DON'T MISS THE SLIDE SHOW AT THE FOOT OF THIS ARTICLE
All photos by Renee Stewart Jackson
Arts Council President Michael Buss was MC for the evening. He introduced a short video “mash-up” of video clips from the recently completed Sacred Arts Festival, organized under the aegis of the Council, to show some of the beautiful art to be found in many of Anaheim’s places of worship.
A neat series of slides also conveyed to the audience a sense of what had taken place in the monthly general meetings since last September, and in a fun interview with Daniel Finley, Executive Director of The Muzeo, Mr. Finley explained about the opening of the newest exhibition – just days away from opening – Cougars and Grizzlies.
Of course, the evening was very much about fund-raising and those who may have found they had not spent enough in the auctions were given opportunity also to make straightforward donations.
The hard working committee which spent several months putting the whole event together included Dr. June Glenn, Reon Boydstun-Howard and Carol Latham.
Excellent food was supplied by Sally Ann Catering and the Anaheim White House. Other companies supported the event with sponsorship: Disneyland Resort, Hilgenfeld Mortuary, Boydstun Realty. Donors who provided prizes for the silent and take-out actions were too numerous to mention, but you can see all the details in the program by clicking HERE.
The event took place in the Ebell Clubhouse in Helena Street – which proved to be a most successful venue.
The Superheroes were:
Paul Kott (Bookman) for the Anaheim Public Library. Deputy on the night, Frank Barry.
Carol Latham (Wonder Woman) for Altrusa.
Cynthia Coad (another Wonder Woman) for the Kiwanis Club.
Kathy Haze (not present) for Creative Identity.
Joyce Kessee (the Black Widow) for the Ebell Club
Pete Goetze (represented by Veronica Purpura as Lina Inverse) for the Opal Society.
Thanks to all of these folks for engaging in a very fun contest.
AND NOW THE SLIDES by Renee Stewart Jackson ...
Superheroes Soiree, April 2015