Longtime local business Chiquita Canyon Landfill awarded $8,000 in scholarships to the winners of its Found Art Scholarship Program Tuesday at a gallery reception honoring the CalArts students who participated.
Chiquita Canyon partnered with CalArts to create a Found Art Scholarship competition exclusively for CalArts students. The purpose of the project was to demonstrate how artists use found objects that have been discarded by society at the landfill.
Chiquita Canyon, which supports organizations like the Boys and Girls Club and the SCV Senior Center, was interested in finding a new, creative way to give back to the local community. District Manager of Chiquita Canyon, Mike Dean, hatched the idea for a “Found Art” project and worked with CalArts to create the scholarship program.
“I’m a strong believer in giving back to the community where we do business and in supporting our youth,” Dean said. “The Found Art Scholarship program we developed with CalArts is an exciting way for us to partner with a local school.”
In addition to the $8,000, Dave Bossert, Creative Director and Head of Special Projects at Walt Disney Animation Studios and member of the CalArts Board of Trustees donated $500 for the Honorable Mention Scholarship.
A dozen students competed, visiting the landfill last semester to sort through items and find objects for their artistic creations.
“Eighty percent of each piece was required to be comprised of inorganic materials from the landfill and of a manageable size and weight for two people to transport,” according to the CalArts website.
The winners of the scholarship were notified earlier this summer and honored this week. They are:
* First Place – $4,000: Natalie Hon (Art BFA ’14)
* Second Place – $2,500: Emily Shanahan (Art MFA ’14)
* Third Place – $1,500: Vivian Sming Cheng (Art MFA ’14)
* Honorable Mention – $500: Samuel Shoemaker (Art BFA ’14)
Shanahan graciously donated her work to the West Ranch Art and Wine Gala for auction to benefit arts organizations throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. The gala is being held Sept. 29 at TPC at Valencia. Cheng’s work will be installed for display at Chiquita Canyon’s office.
Chiquita Canyon has committed to conduct the Found Art Scholarship program again with CalArts for the 2013 Spring Semester.
The First Peoples Fund and the Pukúu Cultural Community Services coordinated to bring the two-day Native Artist Professional Development Training course for indigenous artists to California Institute of the Arts on Friday and Saturday.
You’re invited to attend the Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library “Half-Price Huge Book Sale” event at the Valencia Library on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a chance to discover some great summer reads at a bargain price.
College of the Canyons is the only community college selected to participate in the Bringing Theory to Practice’s (BTtoP) Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators (PLACE) initiative, a collaborative network of academic-community partnerships focused on civic-engagement and public-humanities work.
The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued a Heat Advisory for Wednesday, July 24, as high temperatures (over 100 degrees Fahrenheit) have been forecast for the following areas:
- Santa Clarita Valley
- San Fernando Valley
- San Gabriel Valley
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The Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation is offering a new jobs resource for SCV companies -- LiveWorkSCV.com, a comprehensive, highly visible job board that matches SCV career opportunities with SCV residents who want a job closer to home.
Tickets are on sale and sponsorships are still available for the nonprofit WiSH Foundation's fifth annual "Cocktails on the Roof" fundraiser for Hart District schools at the Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall on Friday, Sept. 6.
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The city of Santa Clarita and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works will co-host a pair of advanced Smart Gardening Workshops at two local Santa Clarita Library branches in August and September.