Prelude to the Season is an annual awards celebration honoring the companies, organizations and individuals making an impact on arts and culture in the California Capital Region. The event draws 350-400 guests who mix and mingle with elected officials, community leaders, artists, organizations and entrepreneurs for lunch, entertainment and ten award presentations. 

Prelude to the Season 2012 “Growing Artistree”

This year’s event featured entertainment this year by Lorena Rogers & Chet Chwalik , Project4Trees, Sacramento Youth Symphony, Rev. Charles & Spirit Wings SingersSacramento State Jazz Quartet and Jeff Knorr. The theme for 2012 Prelude to the Season was ‘Artistree’… – in that we are the creative branches on the arts ‘tree’ and when we nurture each other we will all grow! Award nominations for Prelude were submitted  by the community and voted on by the ABC Board of Directors and an independent panel of former winners and prominent members of the arts community. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s event!

Check out the event photos by Tia Gemmel on Facebook!

Congratulations to the 2012 Award Winners!

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Honoring artists who have made a recent significant contribution to the cultural life of the Greater Sacramento Region including impacting lives either inspirationally or economically.

GLENN CASALE | Glenn Casale has been the resident director of the Music Circus for 25 years and is now artistic director of California Musical Theatre, its parent organization. His thoughtful direction has raised the level of musical theatre in the region. His artistic voice at California Musical Theatre has been a paramount influence in transforming the Music Circus to one of the most respected summer stock theatres in the country, with a repertoire that focuses on innovative new stagings of classic musicals.   In addition to his shows in Sacramento, Glenn is also the director of Disney Theatricals’ European productions as well as an award-winning director of national tours. As the professor for the Music Circus theatre internship program, and a former professor of theatre at UNLV, Glenn has had a profound impact on the professional careers of hundreds of young actors, directors and artisans.

Finalists: JULIE DIDION; MARY YOUNGBLOOD

ARTS EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Honoring outstanding arts educators in the region in recognition of the development or execution of a curriculum or program that has demonstrated outstanding results by their students.

FRANCIE DILLON | Through her stories and songs, has educated and entertained thousands of children during her career. As a professor of children’s literature at CSUS she also educates adults about how important art, reading and literature are to children and their development. She has educated and entertained two generations of children, writing and recording all the stories and songs for the Storyboxes at Fairytale Town. (Storybox Keys to access the storyboxes have proved to be an important source of revenue for Fairytale Town.) Francie has also been the recipient of the National Parent’s Choice Award and has been nominated for a regional Emmy Award. Francie has been a role model for other children’s educators and entertainers over the years. She is now facing some health challenges and continues to be an inspiration to others as she navigates a new course for her life. The words from her web site describe her impact and work best: “Life is not about running from the storm…. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Finalists: MILTON BOWENS; ELAINE O’BRIEN

 

 

ARTS EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Honoring arts executives and managers who have demonstrated managerial effectiveness, community involvement and artistic excellence and in doing so, provides leadership to the arts/cultural community.

KATHY FLEMING  | Kathy Fleming, the director of Fairytale Town, has elevated the role of arts, play and literacy for young children well beyond the gates of Fairytale Town and out to the public. Not waiting for people to come to her, she has raised thousands of grant dollars to put artists into the schools. Her programming, designed to educate and entertain young children and families, continues to grow and reach larger audiences every year. Kathy believes that unfettered play and early experiences in the arts are essential to human development, and is delighted to be part of a community organization that introduces children to the exciting world of arts, literature and culture through play-based activities. During her tenure at Fairytale Town, attendance has increased by 60 percent, and the operating budget and organizational assets have grown 150 percent. Under her leadership, numerous capital improvements have been completed, and programs have expanded to include day camps, field trip workshops, literacy festivals and performing arts programs.

 Finalists: SHELLY WILLIS, SACRAMENTO METROPOLITAN ARTS COMMISSION; JULIE HIROTA

ARTS/BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP
Honoring successful partnerships between business and arts organizations which exemplify cooperation, collaboration and creativity to mutually benefit both organizations.

THE CREST THEATER, AND MULTIPLE CULTURAL FILM FESTIVALS  | Under the leadership of Sid Garcia-Heberger, the Crest has incubated, innovated, supported, and strengthened the film festivals that have won recognition in the region for more than 20 years. Sid has facilitated and mentored many different community groups representing Sacramento’s diverse populations. As she acknowledges, Sid started her career as a “popcorn girl.” Today, she opens up possibilities for emerging and recognized filmmakers, film festival organizers, and others contemplating film as a valued art form. Additionally, as the Crest Manager, she makes the theater available to arts-and-lecture series, concerts, comediennes, poets, dancers, and more. More than a movie house, the Crest has become a true destination that impacts nearly 200,000 regional residents each year (the Jewish Film Fest alone brings 2,000 for just a 2-day event).

Finalists: MONDAVI CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS | WESTERN HEALTH ADVANTAGE | WELLS FARGOSOL COLLECTIVE | UNSEEN HEROES

ARTS MANAGEMENT EXCELLENCE
Honoring nonprofit arts or cultural organizations that have demonstrated significant achievement in arts management.

DAVID PIER, THREE STAGES AT FOLSOM LAKE COLLEGE  | Overseeing the opening of this new performing arts center, David Pier has, in a relatively short time, created an incredible destination point for arts, culture, and entertainment in the eastern Sacramento region.  David animated the Center by launching a vibrant presenting program of music, dance and theater while providing a supportive home for local artists and arts organizations, as well as the college’s burgeoning arts instruction program. In the first 18 months of operation, Three Stages hosted more than 400 events attracting audiences of over 150,000 people with ticket sales exceeding $4 million, resulting in an estimated $12 million impact on the local economy. Also since his arrival in 2010, David has provided leadership and guidance to other arts managers in the region and influenced the development of the college’s arts education programs.

Finalists: RICHARD TURNER, SACRAMENTO FINE ARTS CENTER; TONY SHEPPARD & NATHAN SCHEMEL, SACRAMENTO FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL

ARTS JOURNALISM
Honoring journalists for covering the regional arts scene, during the past year with accuracy, vigor and relevance.

TIM FOSTER, MIDTOWN MONTHLY  | Writer, editor, artist, and musician, Tim Foster has been a key driver of Sacramento arts and culture for the last 20+Years—first as the front man of garage punk band The Trouble-makers and then the SAMMIE award-winning Losin’ Streaks, both of which have completed an extensive tour of Europe and the US. As an artist, Tim has shown work throughout northern California in venues that include the di Rosa Preserve’s Off the Preserve Gallery, Tangent, and UC Davis. Beginning in 2007, Tim took ownership of Midtown Monthly magazine as a means to spotlight local arts and culture. As publisher and editor, he took pains to highlight visual and performing artists, musicians, and community activists. Through his work with Midtown Monthly, Tim founded the Living Library in partnership with Time Tested Books, a monthly speaker series showcasing a range of regional luminaries from artists, writers, and musicians, to politicians, hot-rodders, and dare devils. The Living Library was acknowledged as Sacramento’s Best Brain Trust by Sacramento Magazine in 2010.

 Finalists: DENNIS SPEAR, N MAGAZINE; JONATHAN CARABBA & MELISSA WELLIVER, SUBMERGE MAGAZINE

BUSINESS SUPPORT OF THE ARTS
Honoring businesses, business owners and executives who have shown outstanding support of one or more arts or cultural organizations in the Greater Sacramento Region.

3FOLD COMMUNICATIONS  |  Founded with a vision of contributing to thriving communities, 3fold is a full-service marketing agency based in Sacramento. Giving back is always at its core, which is why 3fold encourages team members to donate 10% of their work time, and 100% of their talent, to nonprofit and community-based organizations throughout the Sacramento region. In 2011 alone, donations by 3fold to the arts and arts organizations totaled more than $100,000 worth of donated time, products, services and cash for more than 20 arts organizations in the region, including: La Raza Galleria, CCAS, New Helvetia Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company, Concerts for Charity, Fashion Week, LAUNCH, Verge, and Bows and Arrows, among others. 3fold also collaborates with other groups and individuals to provide marketing training and coaching through the NonProfit Resource Center, Sacramento Regional Community Foundation and SMAC.

Finalists: VERONICA DELGADO, VERA ICON PRBOWS & ARROWS


INDIVIDUAL LEADERSHIP

Honoring individual businesses and civic leaders who have greatly contributed to one or more arts or cultural organizations in the region and demonstrated dedication above and beyond professional responsibilities, making a measurable impact on the region’s cultural landscape.

J. STEVEN CARRILLO, CARRILLO ARCHITECTURE GROUP  | Steven J. Carrillo has made many contributions to Fairytale Town during his years of service on the Board of Directors. A licensed architect, he has designed all the physical improvements we have made to the facility since 2005, including the Mother Goose Stage and our new walkways and exterior fence. His most recent contributions are the design of the Yellow Brick Road, which was completed in June 2012, and the development of a Master Plan for the facility. The Yellow Brick road is the largest fundraising effort Fairytale Town has ever done, allowing more than 2000 people to leave personalized messages on individual bricks, and raising more than $200,000 for our organization. The Master Plan will be Steve’s legacy for the future and will provide direction for our future growth and development.

Finalists: REBECCA GARRISON, SACRAMENTO TEMPORARY CONTEMPORARY; CHRIS ANN BACHTEL, FIRST NORTHERN BANK

 

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Honoring volunteers to one or more arts organizations in the region for service, include consulting, fundraising, organization or hands-on contributions.

CHRIS DAUBERT | Chris Daubert is an accomplished artist and a Professor of Art at Sacramento City College. He is also a consummate volunteer in the Sacramento Metropolitan arts region. Chris is the current chair of the Exhibition Committee for the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, where he has served since 2010. In that capacity he volunteers his time, talent and connections to plan, coordinate, often times hang, and sometimes specially construct the six exhibitions per year that CCAS sponsors. In addition to those duties, Chris taught a nine-week course at CCAS for gallery and museum curators on how to handle art and hang a show. Chris not only lends his time and talent to CCAS but he also helps the art program at Sacramento State University and UC Davis.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pence Gallery in Davis where he often donates his time and experience to special projects.  He has been involved with the Education Department of the Crocker Museum for over ten years, designing and constructing exhibits for the “Art Ark”, the portable museum that visits schools with little or no Art curriculum, and last winter, he donated over 100 hours guiding a student workshop to create the temporary installation “String Theory” that was on view at the museum in January and February.

Finalists:CLAY NUTTING, CONCERTS 4 CHARITY; BETHANY RANES, LU & ASSOCIATES

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Honoring an individual artist, volunteer, supporter or advocate who has made a long term commitment to and impact on arts and culture.


RON CUNNINGHAM AND CARINNE BINDA, SACRAMENTO BALLET  | Ron Cunningham continues to elevate the arts in Sacramento to a regional and national level. In these harsh economic times, their perseverance, marketing sense and creativity have allowed the Sacramento Ballet to remain solvent and dancing throughout the region. They have trained dancers to go on to dance and choreograph in major national dance companies. They have taken the Sacramento Ballet to the Peoples Republic of China for multiple performances and cultural exchanges. During the 2012-2013 Season, Ron Cunningham will be celebrating his 25th Anniversary as Artistic Director of the Sacramento Ballet (and his wife and co-Artistic Director Carinne Binda, will be in her 24th year in that role). Ron and Carinne have created standards of artistic excellence with their development of a professional dance company in Sacramento that would be envied by communities around the country.

Finalists: MICHAEL NEUMANN, SACRAMENTO YOUTH SYMPHONY; ROGER BERRY

 

Questions or needs? Please call us at 916-442-2005 or email prelude@sacabc.org

THANK TO OUR SPONSORS:

       

                        

        

                

TABLE SPONSORS:

Crocker Art Museum
Employment Law Counsel
Family Law Center
Fairytale Town
Gilbert Associates, Inc.
Goldman Communications
Grub Groupie
Legacy Law Group
N magazine
Possibility Media Group
Sacramento Ballet
Sacramento Fine Arts Center
Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra
Sacramento State
The Temp Gallery
UC Davis
William Ishmael

 

PRELUDE 2011 —

 

Prelude to the Season 2011 from Wes Davis on Vimeo.

Prelude 2011:

Prelude postcard image“Arts & Minds”

In October 2011, Prelude to the Season debuted the theme “Arts and Minds” to  recognize the unity of creative pARTerships. The event began with a video greeting from Congresswoman Doris Matsui and a welcome speech by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. The event featured entertainment by jazz duo Clemon Charles & Mike Wilson; the cast of Cosmo Cabaret’s current show, “Bingo!”; dancers from I Can Do That!, an arts and education group that works with young people of all abilities; a short film on the work of Heart to Heart Ministries; a song, “Rhythm of Life,” performed by the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus; and a parody number, “BVA Thing,” set to the tune of “My Favorite Things,” performed by longtime lobbyist/activist Dennis Mangers, emcee Kitty O’Neal and Volunteer of the Year award winner Carol Van Bruggen. Guests were also invited to join the Council’s new pARTnership Movement.  Executive Director sponsors included Sports Leisure Vacations and Commerce Printing, and Director sponsors included Chevron, Raley’s, Wells Fargo Foundation, Western Health Advantage and Sacramento Magazine. Additional supporters are also recognized below. Congratulations to the 2011 Prelude to the Season award winners and finalists!


Arts Management Excellence

Honoring nonprofit arts or cultural organizations that have demonstrated significant achievement in arts management.

CROCKER ART MUSEUM
The first public art museum in the West, the Crocker Art Museum was established in 1885 and remains one of the leading art institutions in Northern California. The Museum offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions, events, and programs to augment its collections of Californian, European, Asian, African and Oceanic artworks, and international ceramics. The Crocker’s educational and community programs are designed for visitors of all ages, and include concerts, lectures, and films for adults, gallery experiences for families, studio art classes for children and adults, and teacher workshops. On October 10, 2010, the Crocker opened the 125,000-square-foot Teel Family Pavilion. The expansion more than tripled the Museum’s size, enhancing its role as a cultural and educational resource for Sacramento and the region’s many visitors.

Award Finalists: El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film & Media Office; Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission

Arts Executive of the Year
Honoring arts executives and managers who have demonstrated managerial effectiveness, community involvement and artistic excellence and in doing so, provides leadership to the arts/cultural community.

LIV MOE, VERGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Under Liv Moe’s leadership, the Verge Center for the Arts has grown from a for- profit gallery in 2008 to an innovative, sustainable nonprofit model today that has already made a marked cultural difference in the Sacramento region’s art scene, and equally as important, to the artists themselves. Verge provides art studios for a nominal rental fee to local artists, while simultaneously providing high-quality artistic programming under Moe’s guidance. Moe’s efforts were recently recognized by the Arts Innovation Fund with a $10,000 grant awarded for artistic innovation and sustainability. The award also recognized Verge’s ability to serve as an incubator for arts in the region. Moe recently instituted a quarterly film program in partnership with the Crest Theatre, drawing 100-150 attendees per screening, addressing a range of subjects and often involving partnerships with local retailers and educational institutions.

Award Finalists: Richard Lewis, California Musical Theatre; Sonny Alforque, Sinag-tala Filipino Theater and Performing Arts Association

Arts/Business Partnership
Honoring successful partnerships between business and arts organizations which exemplify cooperation, collaboration and creativity to mutually benefit both organizations.

SACRAMENTO365.COM: SACRAMENTO CONVENTION AND VISITOR’S BUREAU (SCVB), SACRAMENTO METROPOLITAN ARTS COMMISSION (SMAC)
Sacramento365.com is an online calendar that serves as a year-round source for Sacramento events, specializing in arts, recreation, and culture. The project is a unique cross-sector partnership between city organizations and arts groups that has become a massive asset to the arts community and to the general public as the centralized ‘go-to’ site for all things happening in Sacramento. SMAC’s executive director Rhyena Halpern developed the concept of creating an online community calendar. SMAC then brought in the SCVB (via Steve Hammond) and the CCL (via Barbara Bonebrake) to found Sacramento365.com with Rachael Lankford as Content Manager. The partnership developed well because of common and overlapping missions and goals to: 1. Increase visibility of local arts, culture & recreation events- to both residents & visitors alike; 2. Market Sacramento as a destination- increasing revenue for the City, stimulating our economy; 3. Support the local entertainment industry professionals, businesses, arts groups, and others by providing a resource for people to find event information and therefore: purchase tickets, go out to eat, entertain friends, etc. Three years ago in October of 2008 was the soft rollout of the site. Now, Sac365 gets nearly 4 million hits and an average of 40,000 new unique visitors monthly. There are about 600 listings at any given time. The site showcases the arts with artist profiles, artist resources, promotional partnerships with arts groups. Significant new features and developments are on the horizon.

Award Finalists: B Street Theater and Sutter Health; Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival and Fat’s Restaurants

Business Support of the Arts
Honoring businesses, business owners and executives who have shown outstanding support of one or more arts or cultural organizations in the Greater Sacramento Region.

HOT ITALIAN
Tutto e Possibile, the belief that “anything is possible” connected the two passionate, thirty-something founders of HOT ITALIAN. Andrea Lepore’s and Fabrizio Cercatore’s HOT ITALIAN brand blends Italy’s new generation of art, music, sport, food and wine with the urban California lifestyle. HOT ITALIAN opened in 2009 and integrated into the local arts community early, creating and supporting all areas of artistic expression including painting, music, performing arts, fashion design, film, and more. HOT ITALIAN commissioned artist Anthony Padilla to paint a permanent outdoor mural, presented the HOT LUNCH Concert Series and brought the New York-based Bicycle Film Festival to Sacramento which included a sold-out film at the Crocker Art Museum. Last year, HOT ITALIAN created the inaugural Modern Italian Film Festival, and 100% of the profits from the Modern Italian Film T-shirts benefited the Documentary Foundation’s “Doc School.” Additionally, HOT ITALIAN hosts events and has provided in-kind support for arts groups such as The Sacramento Ballet, The Sacramento Opera, the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, the Sacramento Film & Music Festival, the French Film Festival, and the Center for Contemporary Art. In partnership with the Sacramento Arts and Business Council, HOT ITALIAN announced a Call to Artists to commission an original mural. HOT ITALIAN and the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC) launched the PIZZA AS ART T-shirt project with 100% of the proceeds from the $30 T-shirts benefiting the “Friends of the Arts Commission,” committed to supporting the arts by increasing arts funding and arts advocacy. The 2nd Edition T-shirt featured the work of Crandall-Bear and are still available at HOT ITALIAN.

Award Finalists: Bows and Arrows; Studio 24

Volunteer of the Year
Honoring volunteers to one or more arts organizations in the region for service, include consulting, fundraising, organization or hands-on contributions.

CAROL VAN BRUGGEN, FOORD VAN BRUGGEN EBERSOLE PAJAK
Carol Van Bruggen is an amazing woman who works in many areas of the arts. She has served as President of the California Musical Theater, President of the Foundation of the California Musical Theater and President of the Arts & Business Council of Sacramento. She is the founder of the Arts Registry, which links artists, arts organizations, and the general community. It is a wonderful resource for this city. Carol has introduced the registry to other cities also. She has chaired the Prelude to the Arts annual luncheon for many years. In addition to being a highly respected financial planner, Carol has won numerous awards for her professional activities, and has hosted shows and provided financial reports for many other media outlets. She is proudest of her volunteer work in Zambia, where she has spent much time and money to build school facilities and better the lives of its people. In addition, Carol is a vocal artist whose presence has delighted audiences in the region for many years.

Award Finalists: Susie Cano Guzman, Festival de la Familia; William Simi, CPA Corporation

Individual Leadership
Honoring individual businesses and civic leaders who have greatly contributed to one or more arts or cultural organizations in the region and demonstrated dedication above and beyond professional responsibilities, making a measurable impact on the region’s cultural landscape.

GARRY MAISEL, WESTERN HEALTH ADVANTAGE
Under the leadership of President and CEO Garry Maisel, Western Health Advantage has continued its decade-long commitment to the arts community. Through consistent funding, volunteering and dedication of staff resources, WHA has hoped to make a difference in organizations throughout the region. Garry, his executive team and Board of Directors believe great art is crucial for a healthy community. Supporting the arts is a core area of emphasis in our giving guidelines as well as a personal passion for many of our employee volunteers. Garry himself is a team leader for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s Arts Initiative, “For Arts Sake” and moved to the leadership position, taking over for Mayor Johnson, in 2010/11. He is also past chair of the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. In 2009 and 2010 Western Health Advantage has been a financial partner of the For Arts Sake Mayor’s Initiative, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Sacramento Theatre Company, and the Sacramento Ballet.

Award Finalists: John Crowe, Board Chair of Mondavi Center; Steve Hammond, Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau

Arts Journalism
Honoring journalists for covering the regional arts scene, during the past year with accuracy, vigor and relevance.

DAVID WATTS BARTON
David Watts Barton has been a part of Sacramento’s arts and culture scene for 35 years as critic, columnist, blogger, editor, radio host and performer. Starting with local music mags Rock ‘n’ Roll News and Tower Pulse, Barton became The Sacramento Bee’s first pop music critic and wrote about arts and culture for 25 years. He has since covered the arts for Sactown and Sacramento magazines, appeared in his signature segment “Plugged In” on KFBK, and until recently was Editor-in-Chief of The Sacramento Press. Barton currently serves as regular guest host of Capital Public Radio’s “Insight,” appears on KFBK, writes on business for Bloomberg News LLC and is working on a book. A singer/ songwriter himself, Barton has played many local venues and released an album of his own songs, some of which have been recorded by local favorites Mumbo Gumbo.

Award Finalists: Jeffrey Callison, Capital Public Radio; Jeff Hudson, Freelance Arts Corespondent

Artist of the Year
Honoring artists who have made a recent significant contribution to the cultural life of the Greater Sacramento Region including impacting lives either inspirationally or economically.

WILLIAM ISHMAEL
William Ishmael has developed a unique abstract style for his painted canvases that incorporates the essence of exposure and corrosion. In an attempt to capture natural erosion, for example, he has included organic materials, such as leaves and insects, into paintings, while also experimenting with unconventional textures and exposure effects. Believing that artists bring another dimension and viewpoint to community service, William serves as the President of the Sacramento Tree Foundation, as a Board Member for Valley Vision, a Senior Fellow and Board Member of the American Leadership Forum. His art donations to the community for 2011 have included the Tree Foundation’s Tree Heroes Awards Dinner, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission Fundraiser, and he is scheduled to donate to Roseville’s Blue Line Gallery’s “Lottery” in October. A long-time Director’s Circle member of the Crocker Art Museum, this year once again—as he has for seven years in a row—William participated in the Crocker Art Auction, submitting and selling his original art pieces. His art will also be featured this year in the Pence Gallery Auction in Davis and the Jesuit High School Art Auction.

Award Finalists: Felipe Davalos; Gerald Heffernon

Arts Educator of the Year
Honoring outstanding arts educators in the region in recognition of the development or execution of a curriculum or program that has demonstrated outstanding results by their students.

ERIKA KRAFT, SACRAMENTO METROPOLITAN ARTS COMMISSION
Erika brings nearly 40 years of performing, teaching in the arts and arts administration to her work as Arts Education Coordinator with SMAC. Since 2005, Erika has refocused the Arts Education Division at SMAC to increase professional development opportunities for hundreds of working artists to improve their teaching skills; developed model programs in schools and community settings across the region that use teaching artists to bring rich arts experiences to students of all ages; and helped teaching artists market their skills and develop their careers. Her programs in Creative Aging, Model Arts Programs in the Schools using community arts resources and the Teaching Artist Workshop Series and Artist Residency Institute have gained regional and national attention for their cutting edge programming. This past school year, Erika also administered educational programming for the J. F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts’ new arts education initiative in Sacramento, Any Given Child, bringing arts education experiences to over 37,000 students in 89 Sacramento schools. Erika holds BA degrees in piano performance and music therapy from the University of Wisconsin and University of the Pacific, and a masters in Community Development through the Arts from UC Davis.

Award Finalists: Sue Anne Foster, CSUS; Michael Morgan, Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra

Lifetime Achievement
Honoring an individual artist, volunteer, supporter or advocate who has made a long term commitment to and impact on arts and culture.

MURIEL JOHNSON
Muriel Johnson Muriel Johnson has an extensive history of government and community service, especially service to the arts and culture of the greater Sacramento area. She served multiple terms as Sacramento County Supervisor; was President of the California State Association of Counties; served as Chair of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments; and was Chair of the Public Library Authority in Sacramento. She’s a strong advocate for local investment in the arts and championed Sacramento County’s Art in Public Places, especially the public- art program by which 2% of eligible City and County capital improvement project budgets be set aside for the commission, purchase, and installation of artworks throughout the City. She helped raise $10 million for local charities and held key community positions as President of the Crocker Art Museum and President of the Sacramento Junior League. Muriel co-founded the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission in 1977. In 2004 she was the Chamber of Commerce’s “Sacramentan of the Year,” and in January 2005 then-Governor Schwarzenegger named her Director of the California Arts Council.

Award Finalists: Ron Cunningham and Carinne Binda; Jose Montoya

 

Prelude2011 Sponsor Logos

Along with ABC Staff and the Board of Directors, an outstanding group of volunteers make up the Prelude to the Season committee: Maren Bijl,  Lee Blachowicz, Kelly Borelli, Veronica Delgado, Carol Delzer, Priscilla Enriquez, Ann Freeman-Clement, Ed Goldman, Bethany Rhanes, Laurie Stoffel, Carol Van Bruggen and Julie Vatuone.