Santa Monica Arts Foundation honors local arts leaders

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Posted March 7, 2013 by The Argonaut in News
SANTA MONICA MAYOR PRO TEM Terry O’Day (far right) meets with honorees of the inaugural Arts Leadership Awards (from left) Abby Sher, Arts Patron Award;, Bruria Finkel, special recognition; Jon Swihart, Artist in the Community/Bruria Finkel Award; and Wayne Blank, Creative Community Innovator.

SANTA MONICA MAYOR PRO TEM Terry O’Day (far right) meets with honorees of the inaugural Arts Leadership Awards (from left) Abby Sher, Arts Patron Award;, Bruria Finkel, special recognition; Jon Swihart, Artist in the Community/Bruria Finkel Award; and Wayne Blank, Creative Community Innovator.

Three Santa Monica arts activists have been recognized for their service to the community by the Santa Monica Arts Foundation.
In its inaugural Arts Leadership Awards ceremony at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel late last month, the foundation honored Wayne Blank with the Creative Community Innovator award; Abby Sher with the Arts Patron award; and Jon Swihart with the Artist in the Community/Bruria Finkel Award.
Also honored was artist Finkel in recognition of her leadership in making Santa Monica a place that values artists and the arts, according to the foundation. The Artist in the Community award was named in her honor.
“Volunteers, philanthropists, and creative entrepreneurs are essential to Santa Monica’s extraordinary arts community, and these awards highlight the importance of their contributions,” said George Minardos, foundation chairperson.
Honorees of the nonmonetary award received a signed lithograph by Santa Monica artist Lita Albuquerque. Assemblyman Richard Bloom also presented the honorees with state certificates of recognition.
The Arts Leadership Awards program was launched in November by the Santa Monica Arts Foundation to celebrate leadership and recognize the breadth of efforts that support Santa Monica’s artistic, creative, and cultural community. A selection committee of foundation board members and representatives of the local arts and business communities met in December to review nominations and make the final selections based on the award guidelines.


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