Did you know that in 2010, over $124 was generated in Santa Barbara County by arts organizations & audiences? The arts aren’t just beautiful and entertaining. They play a vital role in our community.The arts inspire, they increase tourism, they define cultures, they enhance our ability to learn….and they do SO much more..

That is why October is “Arts & Humanities Month” in Santa Maria

To participate in the festivities, the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor and Convention Bureau has once again teamed up with City of Santa Maria Recreation & Parks Department and the Santa Maria Arts Council to bring back an old favorite event – Salute to the Arts.

The purpose of the event is to emphasize the signficance of arts in our community, and celebrate our local artists in a fun-filled afternoon.

The event will be held Wednesday, October 10. Doors open for viewing displays at 11:30. Program begins at 12:00 noon. The cost is $15 and includes a lunch catered by VTC Enterprises.

The event will feature live performances, demos and displays by local artists as well as something new – a silent auction of works by our “no talent celebrity artists!”
Local celebrities with little or no previous experience will gather prior to the event to create one of a kind works of art. These works will then be displayed at the lunch for you to bid on and take home!! The proceeds will go to Santa Maria Arts Council Scholarship Funds*

So come join and Salute to the Arts!

The event will be held on Wednesday, October 10, at the Abel Maldonado Event Center. Lunch is only $15 per person. Reservations are due by Oct. 3 can be made at www.santamaria.com/arts.

For questions about reservations, contact Marcy at marcy@santamaria.com or call 925.2403 x816.
If you are an artist and want more information about participating, contact Craig at cshafer@hancockcollege.edu.

More on the SM Arts Council & Scholarship Fund:

The Santa Maria Arts Council has been supporting and encouraging the expansion of the arts in our community since 1965 and for 40 years has been awarding individual grants to emerging artists. For the last several years, the Council has been able to make annual awards totaling $10,000 to the first and second place winners in the disciplines of music, dance, drama, and visual arts. As of 2012, the Arts Council has awarded $250,000 to 323 local artists. The Individual Grants Competition culminates with the showcase event in May.