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Through the Spotlight Award, the County Arts Commission publicly recognizes individuals who have achieved a high level of excellence and creativity in their work, but who have not received widespread acknowledgment of their talent. This annual award recognizes younger artists as well as those who are discovering their artistic voice later in life. Judging criteria includes the effective use of media and tools to communicate their own personal style. The award is given to artists who work in the following mediums: visual art, performing arts, and literary arts.
Kevin Painchaud, photojournalist
Heejin Lee, mixed-media artist
Nikia Chaney, writer/poet
Madeline Aliah, writer/poet
Nominations are due by March 3, 2024.
Please note: only residents of Santa Cruz County may submit a nomination.
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