About the Arts Awards Gala

A night of artistry, music, delicious food, community, networking & celebration!

Sac Region’s Arts Awards Gala is the premier annual awards celebration and fundraiser of the Sacramento region. Presented by the Arts & Business Council of the Sacramento Region, also known as SacABC, a program of Blue Line Arts, this event honors the organizations and individuals making an impact on the arts and culture in our community.

The Arts Awards Gala is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with local artists, arts organizations, elected officials, community leaders, and entrepreneurs, all the while enjoying delicious food, fabulous entertainment, and the presentation of the coveted Arts Awards.

Funds raised at the Arts Awards Gala support Sac Region Arts & Business programs including artists workshops and the Sac Region Arts & Business ART Fellowship. 

Thank you to everyone who supported, attended, and contributed to the success of this year's SOLD OUT event!



Gioa Fonda’s Presentation

Categories, Nominees & Winners

The Sacramento Region Arts Awards honor the companies, organizations and individuals making an impact on arts and culture in our region.

Business + Arts Philanthropy WINNER: McKinley Village

Recognizing a business, large or small, that has embraced philanthropy as a core business practice in support of the arts, artists and the creative community.


Five Star Bank – Mike Rizzo, Chief Banking Officer
The McKinley Village Partnership – comprised of The New Home Company & Riverview Capital Investments
Sacramento Municipal Utility District, SMUD

Outstanding Service Award WINNER: James Wheatley

One individual who has made an impact through volunteerism and community engagement by supporting the arts; artists, artistic businesses collaborations and arts organizations.


Laurie E. Nelson – President of the Sacramento Arts Alliance – home of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera
James Wheatley – Celebration Arts
Verge Center for the ARTS – Liv Moe, Executive Director

Leadership in the Arts WINNER: Shaun Burner

An individual who through their personal or professional voice, advances the artist in our region through advocacy, promotion and leadership.


Shaun Burner – Artist, co-founder of M5 Arts, co-owner of 1810 Gallery
Dennis Mangers – Community Leader, Founder “Dennis Mangers Fund for Young Performing Artists”
Maya Wallace – Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission Member

Emerging Artist WINNER: Lindsey M. Dillon

Acknowledging the next generation of creatives this award showcases an artist or professional who has the vision to further contribute to the arts through their creative work.


Delgreta E. Brown – Artist
Lindsey M. Dillon – Artist
Natalie McKeever – Artist

Emerging Arts Leader WINNER: Andru Defeye

Recognizing a the next generation of business or business leader, large or small, that has embraced philanthropy as a core business practice in support of the arts, artists and the creative community.


Mima Begovic – Gallerist, Artspace 1616
Veronica Delgado – Public Affairs/Communications, Sac State
Andru Defeye – Poet, Sol Collective

Arts Educator of the Year WINNER: Kathleen S. Lynch

Creative teaching at its best. Identifying an individual teacher, administrator or teaching artist who's efforts make a difference in education for our community through the power of teaching art.


Kathleen S. Lynch – Poet/Essayist/Artist
Deidre Trudeau – Arts Educator
Suzanne Adan & Michael Stevens – Artists & Art Professors, Sacramento City College

"Oh, Yes! I Remember That"
Experience in the Arts
WINNER: Wide Open Walls

Award for physical manifestation of art or an art experience. "Oh, Yes! I Remember That" distinguishes an individual, organization or collective that provides a one of a kind art experience for all to participate, experience and enjoy.


Behind the Barre – Capital Dance Project
PorchFest – Musical Community Event
Wide Open Walls – Mural Festival

Visual Artist of the Year WINNER: Marc Foster

This award recognizes a single or body of work, 2 or 3 dimensional that furthers the values of intrinsic quality and artistic merit through art.


John Yoyogi Fortes – Artist
Marc Foster – Artist
Julia Couzens – Artist

Performing Artist of the Year WINNER: JAMBALAYA

This award recognized a single or body of work, group or individual performance that furthers intrinsic quality and artistic merit through art.


Capital Dance Project – Independent Collective of Professional Dancers
JAMBALAYA – Musical and Performance Collective
Sequoia – Performance Art Dance Group

Arts Journalism WINNER: Comstock’s Magazine

An organization or individual who provides meaningful coverage of the arts in our region.


Comstock’s Magazine – Winnie Comstock
Visit Sacramento/Sac365 – Jamila Khan
Sacramento Magazine – Joe Chiodo, Publisher

Muriel Johnson Award for Arts Advocacy WINNER: Ron Cunningham & Carinne Binda – Artistic Directors, Sacramento Ballet

Impactful - Insightful - lasting. Whether working in an elected or appointed position, is a public employee who promotes the arts, a business or community leader, this award recognizes an individual or organization who has served the arts community over time - and has inspired a lifetime of value.


Congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 Arts Awards

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The Arts & Business Council, Sacramento Region is an independent nonprofit 501c3 chapter of Americans for the Arts, established in Sacramento, CA in 1987, and is a program of Blue Line Arts. The Arts & Business Council, Sacramento Region, works to nurture the creative economy by providing technical assistance, resources, leadership, community outreach, volunteer training and placement to an audience of civic leaders, artists, nonprofit arts/culture organizations, creative entrepreneurs and businesses.