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September 20, 2016 > Eight to receive Arts Leadership Award

Eight to receive Arts Leadership Award

Submitted By Guy Ashley

Alameda County Arts Commission is pleased to recognize eight individuals for their achievements and contributions impacting the arts community and residents of Alameda County. The recipients of the 2016 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award are: Bruce Beasley, Kathleen Breedveld, MK Chavez, J.K. Fowler, Don Lewis, Susan Longini, Ayodele Nzinga, and Sergio Suarez.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will commend these eight individuals during the BoardÕs public meeting on Tuesday, September 27 in Oakland. This event is also presented in conjunction with the CountyÕs celebration of California Arts Day and National Arts and Humanities Month of October.

Among the group of eight are two recipients from the Tri-City area:

Susan Longini of Fremont, representing Supervisorial District One: Susan Longini is a professional visual artist and program manager for City of FremontÕs Utility Box Art Program boxART! a private/public project to repaint 170 graffiti-covered utility boxes throughout town. She also served on the City of FremontÕs Art Review Board as a member for 11 years and as president for four years. Susan is a nationally recognized artist in kiln formed (pate de verre) glass, having spent nearly 40 years working in this medium. Her work is widely collected and adorns many private and public spaces nationally.

Sergio Suarez of Hayward, representing Supervisorial District Two: Sergio Suarez is one of the most decorated urban street dancers to come out of the Bay Area and is a member the world famous Beatz N Pieces Crew and Fresh Dynamix Dance Company. He has spent the last 10 years educating college students at Ohlone College in Fremont. Over the last 12 years, Sergio has also mentored at-risk youth at various local programs and schools such as Skyline High School in Oakland and Weekes Community Center in Hayward. In 2008, Sergio established the All The Way Live Foundation, a nonprofit organization that utilizes hip hop dance to educate, empower and support youth living in marginalized communities in Alameda County and all over the world.

Members of the Alameda County Arts Commission selected these individuals from a group of nominees whose names were submitted by the public. Award recipients were selected based on their achievements within the arts field and their contributions to the community. This annual program recognizes individuals or teams from each of the five supervisorial districts. For more information about the program or the award recipients, please contact the Alameda County Arts Commission at (510) 208-9646 or by email at:

Arts Leadership Award
Tuesday, Sept 27
10:45 a.m.
Alameda County Admin Bldg, SupervisorÕs Chambers
1221 Oak St, 5th Fl, Oakland
(510) 208-9646

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