By Marlena Chavira-Medford
The Solana Beach Public Arts Advisory Commission (PAAC) and city representatives recently attended a California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) luncheon, where they were honored for their work on the Arts Alive on the Coastal Rail Trail program.
The award, “Outstanding Community Event,” was open to cities in the CPRS District 12, which includes San Diego and Imperial counties.
During the CPRS awards luncheon, the Solana Beach group was commended for finding an innovative way to enlighten the community with art while promoting the Coastal Rail Trail. Despite it taking place on a rainy October day, the event was a rousing success, bringing out hundreds of neighbors who enjoyed live music, dance, and art as they strolled down the trail.
“The trail was truly alive with the arts that day,” said former CPRS District 12 President Aliah Brozowski of the event. Members of the CPRS District 12 got a true sense of the event thanks in part to a book of photos complied by Carol Childs, who was one of the 70 volunteers who worked behind the scenes that day.
Based on its inaugural success, PAAC plans to make Arts Alive on the Coastal Rail Trail an annual community event.
“Some of the artists will change, but the spirit, energy, and celebration of art will be continue and be even more so,” said PAAC member Tara Gordon.
PAAC is always looking for neighborhood volunteers. Anyone who would like to get involved is encouraged to email Kathryn Schmiedeberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tara Gordon at email@example.com.