2024 Champions of the Arts Annual Breakfast at Monterey Marriott

Friday, August 09, 2024 - 9:00am

Arts Council for Monterey County presents our Champions of the Arts Annual Breakfast on Friday, August 9 at 9am in the Ferrante Room of Monterey Marriott Hotel. Single tickets are $65, a table for 10 is $600. Purchase your tickets here.

Join us for breakfast and help us honor the incredible individuals who have significantly contributed to the arts in Monterey County. 2024 Champions of the Arts Awardees are: Gregory Gallardo, San Dee Adams, Jose Arreola, Tammy L. Hall, and Cyril Yansouni.

About Gregory Gallardo

Gregory Gallardo. known professionally as Gregorytheartist, is a Salinas-based painter and muralist with a deep personal connection to art and advocacy. As a combat veteran grappling with PTSD and bipolar disorder, Gregory channels his experiences into vibrant, textured acrylic canvases that explore serene landscapes, blending abstract realism with bold brushstrokes to convey both movement and tranquility. His artistic journey not only expresses his natural talent and spiritual gratitude but also serves as a platform to raise awareness about mental health, embodying a commitment to community through volunteerism and collaborative cultural events in Salinas.

About SanDee Adams

SanDee Adams, a mosaic artist based in Aromas, deeply integrates herself into community life through her vibrant public artworks and leadership in local arts organizations such as Aromas Hills Artisans. Using eclectic materials such as stained glass and hammered copper, she creates bespoke mosaics inspired by nature, infusing whimsical interpretations into personalized commissions while fostering cross-county cultural awareness and pride in her tri-county community.

About Jose Arreola

José Arreola has been instrumental in Salinas' public art scene since 2020, spearheading initiatives like the annual Public Art Plan and the Downtown Trash Corral Art Project, which revitalized urban spaces through community-focused murals. His leadership extends to fostering local artistic talent through initiatives like the Amor Salinas Public "Hearts" project and the Neighborhood Beautification grant program, showcasing his dedication to integrating art into community life and celebrating cultural heritage.

About Tammy L. Hall

Tammy L. Hall, a celebrated pianist, composer, and musical director with a storied career performing at prestigious venues worldwide including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, has also dedicated herself to music education and accessibility. Her impact extends beyond awards, like the Grammy for Best Children’s
Recording, as she enriches Monterey County through initiatives like the Gospel Sunday program at the Monterey Jazz Festival and collaborations with local arts organizations, showcasing her commitment to nurturing young talent and community engagement through music.

About Cyril Yansouni

Cyril Yansouni, a dedicated leader and philanthropist in the arts, has spent two decades advancing the Carmel Bach Festival as a board member and president, steering it through challenges and fostering its growth. His profound commitment to music education and fundraising prowess has significantly benefited the festival and numerous performing arts organizations across the Monterey Peninsula, highlighting his enduring impact on the local cultural landscape.

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Monterey, CA 93940
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