New Prize Offered to Local Artists


The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts (LBaa) is now accepting applications for the $5,000 Seven-Degrees of inspiration grant, open to individual, Laguna Beach-based artists. The deadline for application is Jan. 21.

The grant is funded by Mark Orgill’s Seven-Degrees event venue as part of the alliance’s fifth annual Art Star Awards, which honor the best and brightest of Laguna’s diverse artistic community and take place at Seven Degrees.

“This is the first grant of this nature offered by LBaa, and it truly invests in Laguna Beach artists,” said Lisa Mansour, chair of the 2011 Art Star Awards. The grant is open to both creative artists (including choreographers, composers, playwrights and visual artists) and interpretive artists (including dancers, instrumental and vocal musicians, and actors). Artistic disciplines can include dance, literature, music, theatre, media arts, visual arts, or a combination of any of the above.

“This was a perfect opportunity for Seven-Degrees to tangibly demonstrate our commitment to artistic forward thinking and invention, and it is our pleasure to partner with LBaa by funding this grant,” said Dora Wexell, the event center’s director.

The goal of grant is to provide support for an emerging or established Laguna Beach artist to develop and present an innovative arts project or program that advances recognition of Laguna Beach as a progressive arts city. It is also a chance for the artist to expand and diversify his/her audience, and it provides an opportunity for advanced learning and progression.

Three finalists will be chosen from among applicants, and the winner of the grant will be announced at the awards event, which will be held at Friday, April 1. The individual winner of the $5,000 grant will have 11 months to complete their project, and the body of work will premiere at the 2012 Art Star Awards. For more information, and/or to apply for the grant, visit or e-mail [email protected]


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