Solana Beach and Public Arts Advisory Commission to receive award for ‘Outstanding Community event’
By Diane Y. Welch
The city of Solana Beach and the Public Arts Advisory Commission were recently notified that they will receive a “Recognition Award” for “Outstanding Community Event” for the “Arts Alive on the Coastal Rail Trail” program. They will be given the award by the California Parks and Recreation Society, District 12 (San Diego and Imperial Counties).
This award is given to an agency for outstanding and innovative achievement in development and implementation of a project, and Arts Alive on the CRT was selected over numerous nominations from throughout the region. The staff and commissioners will receive the award at the annual CPRS District 12 Awards Luncheon in San Marcos on March 2.
The winning event, which took place on a rainy Sunday on Oct. 17, 2010, was a family-friendly affair that brought together local fine artists, professional dancers and musicians, as well as more than 70 community volunteers. The concept was the dream project of Solana Beach artist Irene de Watteville, who had mulled over the idea for many years, she said.
The event received outstanding marks in all of the following five of the judging categories, according to Anita Edman, community services coordinator for the city:
• Developed an innovative, creative, professional recreation program or idea that is of special benefit to the community.
• Increased program participation with a new or revitalized recreation program
• Utilized volunteers and community resources to enhance operations.
• Developed creative marketing/promotional material for the program.
• Created revenues to self-support the program or provided a successful fund raising event.
Tara Gordon, a current commissioner on PAAC, said that the award means more than recognition for the one event.
“It was the city and all its parts: councilmen, city commission members, the city manager and his staff, along with benefactors, volunteers, artists, designers, landscapers, the businesses on Cedros, and individual leaders from a variety of community organizations who took time to participate in the meetings and the event. The city as a group made it happen.”
Kathryn Schmiedeberg, a former PAAC volunteer, and coordinator for the event, should receive special recognition, said Gordon, along with Irene de Watteville, Trudi Snynodis, Mary Jane Boyd, Peter House, Carol Childs, and members of the Solana Beach Art Association who each volunteered their time and talents to make the event a success.
Sharon Klein, also a current PAAC volunteer, said that the event showed the community that the Coastal Rail Trail is an avenue for the celebration of art and community, in addition to being a great place to walk.
“It was thrilling to see so many people enjoying the rail trail at the same time. Solana Beach became Disneyland for an afternoon,” she said.
The March 2 awards ceremony and luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. The cost is $29 per person. Registration is required. Call (760) 435 5041 or email Jamie Boatright, CPRS representative, at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to register.
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