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Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
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Luther Burbank Center for the Arts and Creative Sonoma Announce Sonoma County Arts Educator of the Year Award

Deadline for submissions: January 12, 2024

SANTA ROSA, CA (November 21, 2023) — Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) and Creative Sonoma have teamed up to present the first Sonoma County Arts Educator of the Year Award, recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of arts education over an extended period of time. Sponsored by Daniels Chapel of the Roses, the award honors professional arts educators working with the K-12 population – in particular, arts and classroom instructors who teach visual art, music, drama, dance, or multimedia arts.

The award recipient will receive $500 honoraria and a $500 gift card to a local arts store of their choice for classroom supplies. On behalf of the Sonoma County Arts Education Alliance, the winner will provide a voice and advocacy for excellence at up to three local events and/or forums and will be honored at its annual event in the spring of 2024.

“Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is thrilled to be partnering with Creative Sonoma to provide this platform to highlight exemplary arts educators here in Sonoma County,” said Ashleigh Worley, Director of Education and Community Engagement. “Students involved in arts programs are more likely to make better choices, to attend college, to be engaged with their community – compared to their peers who go without. Through the power of the arts, educators have a special opportunity to make a long-term, lasting impact on the lives of students in their charge.”

Anyone can submit a nomination for the award, as long as evidence of the nominee’s qualifications is provided. Self-nominations are accepted. Deadline for nominations is January 12th, 2024. For more information on the award, submission criteria, and nomination process, visit
lutherburbankcenter.org/education/for-schools-and-teachers/arts-educator-of-the-year-award/.

About Creative Sonoma
Creative Sonoma is a division of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board and is dedicated to supporting and advancing the creative community of Sonoma County. Please visit www.CreativeSonoma.org for more.

About Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is home to world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual art, and many popular events. The Arts Center is located in the heart of the Sonoma wine country and ranked among California’s top performing arts presenters. Together with its resident companies, the Center presents more than 230 performances in music, dance, theater, renowned speakers, and comedy; provides education programs serving more than 50,000 children and adults; and hosts more than 800 community events a year. Owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, the Center relies on charitable community donations to achieve its mission – to enrich, educate, and entertain. For more information, visit lutherburbankcenter.org.

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