Independent Coast Observer
November 10, 2006

The Arts Council of Mendocino County recently presented their fourth annual Art Champions Awards in a ceremony accompanied by a proclamation from the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors.   The categories were Artist, Individual Patron, Business, and Education.   Champions are nominated by members of the community, and final selections are made by the board of directors of the Arts Council.  

Point Arena artist Blake More was honored for impressive work in the fields of literary, visual and theater arts.   She is known for promoting art as a part of daily life and is especially appreciated for her success in mentoring the youth of the community.  

Ukiah resident David Hance was honored in the Individual Patron category for his many years of volunteer activity, particularly with the Arts Council, Ukiah Players Theater, and the distinguished singing group Tin Pan Alley.

The Coast KOZT-FM, owned by Vicky Watts and Tom Yates and based in Fort Bragg, was acknowledged for its longstanding enthusiastic support of artists and arts activities throughout the county.   They also feature live concerts by local musicians on their weekly program "Local Licks."

Honored in the Education category was the Mendocino County Office of Education. They were recognized for creating and continuing to support GASP: Get Arts In The Schools Program. They fund artist workshops and live performances to bring all aspects of art into the everyday lives of students in Mendocino County.  

In her remarks before the Board of Supervisors Arts Council President Trudy McCreanor said, "While the Arts Council can only recognize the contributions and accomplishments of a few individuals and organizations each year, this is a time to reflect on the breadth of artistic talent and generous support of the arts that make Mendocino County unique and celebrate our rich cultural and artistic life."

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