JOIN US FOR AN EVENING HONORING THE ARTS IN SACRAMENTO WITH ENTERTAINMENT, FOOD, AND FUN!
Tuesday, October 14th
5:00pm – 8:00pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento
2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA 95815
Purchase your tickets or become a sponsor to witness the awards ceremony first-hand!
Prelude to the Season is the premier, annual fundraiser and awards celebration for the Arts and Business Council. The Prelude Awards honor the companies, organizations and individuals making an impact on arts and culture in the Sacramento region.
Funds raised at the Prelude to the Season help to finance SacABC’s programs, including the Flywheel Incubator. Through ticket sales and donations, the organization can fulfill its mission of investing in the region’s creative vibrancy by providing artists and organizations with a map for success.. A single donated dollar raised at Prelude to the Season can be leveraged into as much as three dollars in support to Sacramento’s artists, arts groups and non-profits.
Prelude to the Season typically draws 350-400 guests who mix and mingle with elected officials, community leaders, artists, organizations and entrepreneurs for entertainment, food, drinks and award presentations.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2014 FINALISTS!
Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for the Prelude awards; this year the ABC received over 50 amazing submissions. A carefully selected panel of art enthusiasts, business owners, civic leaders and board members of the ABC convened to meticulously review each nominee and after careful consideration, the finalists were chosen.
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.
- Chris Max Thompson
- Stephanie Gularte
- Tony Natsoulas
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.
- Carrie Markel – Natomas Charter School’s Performing and Fine Arts Academy
- Lynn Stevens – Sacramento Children’s Chorus
- Sally West – Natomas Middle School
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.
- Connor Mickiewicz – New Helvetia Theatre Company
- Julie Hirota – Blue Line Arts
- Liv Moe – Verge Center for the Arts
Honoring successful partnerships between business and arts organizations which exemplify cooperation, collaboration and creativity to mutually benefit both organizations.
- Power Inn Alliance “Art of the Dumpster”
- Sacramento Public Library and The Capital Film Arts Alliance
- Sacramento State University, Crocker Art Museum, and I Can Do That!
ARTS MANAGEMENT EXCELLENCE
Honoring nonprofit arts or cultural organizations that have demonstrated significant achievement in arts management.
- Developmental Disabilities Service Organization (DDSO)
- Ohana Dance Group
- Viewpoint Gallery
Honoring journalists for covering the regional arts scene, during the past year with accuracy, vigor and relevance.
- Hector Navejas – Hector Navejas Photography
- Jen Picard – Capital Public Radio
- Victoria Dalkey – Sacramento Bee
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.
- University Art
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.
- Burnett and Mimi Miller
- Jason Silva
- Shonna McDaniels
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.
- Arlen Orchard
- John Iniguez
- Nan Mahon
Honoring an individual artist, volunteer, supporter or advocate who has made a long term commitment to and impact on arts and culture.
- Barbara Crockett
- Crystal Olson
- Ron Cisneros