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Two arts organizations – La Raza Galería Posada and California Musical Theatre – top a list of award winners announced by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission Friday.
In all, 14 arts organizations and artists were named winners in SMAC’s District Awards Program – a program in which Sacramento City Council members and Sacramento County supervisors honor and recognize artists’ and organizations’ contributions to the arts.
Organizations were nominated by SMAC commissioners based on a process involving artistic quality and community engagement.
“This award program represents an important opportunity to recognize our outstanding arts community in Sacramento,” said Mayor Kevin Johnson. “For the mayor’s city-wide award, we considered many valuable arts groups, each contributing significantly to our quality of life in Sacramento. Ultimately, we chose to recognize La Raza Galería Posada for its consistent excellence in programming.”
A ceremony will be held to recognize all eight winners – La Raza Galería Posada was chosen by both Johnson and Councilman Steve Cohn – chosen by the City Council at 6 p.m. July 19 in the council chambers at City Hall, 915 I St.
County winners will have a ceremony at 10 a.m. July 19 at the supervisors’ hearing room at Seventh and I streets.
“I am so pleased to have this opportunity to recognize the California Musical Theatre as one of Sacramento’s oldest and most successful arts organizations for their decades of entertainment and service to our community,” said Board Chair Roberta MacGlashan.
Attending both ceremonies will be SMAC Chair Carlin Naify and SMAC Executive Director Rhyena Halpern.
Winners are listed below:
Mayor's Award for the city of Sacramento: La Raza Galería Posada
District 1, Councilwoman Angelique Ashby: Very Special Arts of California, Sacramento
District 2, Councilwoman Sandy Sheedy: Kuumba Collective Art Gallery
District 3, Councilman Steve Cohn: La Raza Galeria Posada
District 4, Councilman Rob Fong: Sacramento Shakespeare Festival
District 5, Councilman Jay Schenirer: Instituto Mazatlán Bellas Artes de Sacramento
District 6, Councilman Kevin McCarty: Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center
District 7, Councilman Darrell Fong: Pacific Rim Street Festival
District 8, Councilwoman Bonnie Pannell: Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum
Chair’s Award for the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors: California Musical Theatre
District 1, Supervisor Phil Serna: Armando Cid (in memory), Washington Square Apartments
District 2, Supervisor Jimmie Yee: Bernadette Chiang, for her leadership and contribution to the Pacific Rim Festival
District 3, Supervisor Susan Peters: Chautauqua Playhouse
District 4, Chairwoman MacGlashan: Fair Oaks Theatre Festival
District 5, Supervisor Don Nottoli: David Peterson, Franklin Boulevard Plein Aire Project