Congratulations to the 2016 Spring cycle LEAP winners:
Amber McDonald, Ana Lola Roman, Gwynneth Alldis, Jennifer L. Anderson, Lee Abner Abellana, Rachell Hester
and Steven Campos.

Congratulations to the 2016 Fall cycle LEAP winners:
Benjamin Scott  Anderson, Rachell Hester, Andrew Jackson, Mai Ryuno, Victoria Alexandra Stocker, Emily Underwood, Gabriella Martay Williams


LEAP is Launched!
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We are so excited to report that thanks to our 39 donors to the MC GIVES 2015 Campaign and a generous grant from The William and  Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Arts Council has created our first ever program to support emerging artists in Monterey County.  Every day we meet talented young artists – musicians, dancers, singers, filmmakers and more – who have passion, credentials and a great opportunity but no way to pay for the tools they need:  e.g., frames for a solo exhibition, travel to a music or dance competition, payments for the theater or rights to music for a dance production.

Local Emerging Artists Program (LEAP) provides a financial stipend to selected artists in the early stages of their career who demonstrate that this support will make a big impact on their work and on our community.

This is a competitive process. For more information click on applications and guidelines.  The deadline is June 15, 2017.
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To find out how to support the program, call Executive Director Paulette Lynch
at 831-622-9060 x 101.

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