Sierra Art Trails Community Awards

Each year,  Sierra Art Trails presents community awards to schools, organizations, businesses, and individuals who support the arts.

The awards we present are determined by our annual revenue.  After our expenses are paid, and a seed budget has been set aside for the following year, the balance is donated to worthy organizations, school programs, or individuals.  The more successful we are, the more we can give back each year. Since 2003 we have presented over $22,000 in community awards.  These moneys are raised through artist fees, donations, catalog advertising, and our annual fundraising efforts.

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The Keeper of the Flame

Keeper of the Flame Award PhotoThe Keeper of the Flame Award was inspired by the idea that the arts benefit and enhance our lives, our communities, and our culture on a fundamental level. The award is presented annually to a business or organization in recognition of their contributions to the arts and the creative community.  The Keeper of the Flame is not a cash award.  The “Flame” a welded steel sculpture donated by Fresno artist Chris Sorensen in 2004, is passed on year to year as a symbol of commitment and dedication to supporting the arts in our area.

Since 2007 the award has been presented to; Sixth Street Cinema in Mariposa, Yosemite Western Artists, Timberline Gallery, Madera County Arts Council, Golden Chain Theater, Mariposa County Arts Council, the Children’s Museum of the Sierra, Chris Sorensen Studio, Allard’s Art Supplies in Fresno, Janet and Rick Flores and KFCF 88.1 FM Free Speech Radio in Fresno and Branches Books in Oakhurst.

 2015 Recipient – We are proud to present the 2015 Keeper of the Flame award to the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau.

The Visitors Bureau has supported arts and culture in our area for many years, recognizing the value of Cultural Tourism in encouraging visitors to explore our area.  The attraction of Yosemite , and our strategic position as a “Gateway to the Sierra” benefits us all with thousands of visitors a year, but it is a warm welcome that encourages people to stay the night, eat at local restaurants, and shop in our stores and galleries.  The Visitors Bureau works to promote locate arts organizations, including Madera County Arts Council, Yosemite Western Artists, and the galleries at Yosemite Gateway Gallery Row. The annual Yosemite Festival and Fall Festival entice regional visitors with art, music, history, and special guests.  YSVB has contributed to Sierra Art Trails as a major sponsor since 2009, supporting our efforts to build a thriving art community and establish our area as an arts destination.

Congratulations Rhonda Salisbury , Staff and Volunteers!

CLICK HERE to learn more about past recipients of “the Keeper of the Flame” award.

Chris Welding Photo
Chris Sorenson Welding – Photograph © 2015 Kerby Smith