Redwood City Patch Nominated for Arts Diamond Award

We're honored to support the local arts community.

What do Redwood City Patch, Steve Jobs and have in common? We were all nominated for a Peninsula Arts Council Diamond Award.

The Peninsula Arts Council is a regional organization that recognizes individuals, businesses and non-profits for their support of the local arts community.

Though we didn’t win the award in the Local Business Support category (congrats to the San Mateo Daily Journal!), we are honored with such a designation. We strive to cover all aspects of our community, and we believe art not only enriches a city, but is an essential part of a community’s fabric. And in these trying economic times when art is sometimes seen as a luxury  

“Once a year, we give out awards to recognize the people and organizations that are out in the world making a difference via the arts in San Mateo County,” said board member Beth Mostovoy in a . “If you want to be amazed, and you want to be uplifted and inspired, please come to the award ceremony.”

The 10th Annual Diamond Awards is at the Kohl Mansion in Burlingame on Thursday and will feature keynote speaker Russell Hancock, President & CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. But away from the tech bubble that is Silicon Valley, Hancock is also a classical pianist with The Saint Michael Trio, appointed Musicians in Residence at Menlo College. 

This year’s winners include:

  • Art in Action, Arts Organization
  • Troy Paiva, Individual Artist
  • Julia Belanoff, Ray Lorenzato Young Artist
  • Bonny Zanardi, Arts Volunteer
  • Shely Pack-Manning, Arts Educator
  • San Mateo Daily Journal, Local Business Support
  • Francesca Eastman, Donor Support
  • Neil and Pegi Young, Special Recognition

Last year, the city’s .

Though the event is sold-out, Patch will be there to report on the event.

A list of the awards and nominees:

Arts Organization: Recognizes the work of an organization (school, club, theater, non-profit, etc.) that supports the arts in San Mateo County.

  • 2011 Diamond Award Honoree for Arts Organization – Art in Action

The Reikes Center
Academy of American Ballet
South San Francisco Unified School 
District Visual Arts Committee

Broadway By the Bay
Peninsula Ballet Theatre
Belmont Community Players
Viva La Musica
Save the Music Foundation


Ray Lorenzato Young Artist Award (18 and younger): Recognizes the work of an individual artist age 18 or younger in San Mateo County.

  • 2011 Diamond Award Honoree for Ray Lorenzato Young Artist - Julia Belanoff

Kevin Huo
Alec Perkins
Mariah Potier
Hannah Hsiao

Lily YangJustin Ng
Claire Tseng
Brianna Cheng
The Carlmont Drum Line


Individual Artist: Recognizes the work of an individual artist living and/or working in San Mateo County.

  • 2011 Diamond Award Honoree for Individual Artist - Troy Paiva

Robert Kelley
Margaret Ann Clemente

Gemma Li

Arts Educator: Recognizes the work of an individual teacher/instructor in San Mateo County.

  • 2011 Diamond Award Honoree for Arts Educator – Shely Pack-Manning

Joyce Faulknor & Guy Magallanes
Paige Cook

Susanna Jimenez

Arts Volunteer: Recognizes the work of an individual doing volunteer work for the arts in San Mateo County.

  • 2011 Diamond Award Honoree for Arts Volunteer – Bonny Zanardi

Barbara Pierce
Jane Lewis

Jason Newblanc

Donor Support: Recognizes the financial contributions of an individual, business, or other organization to the arts in San Mateo County.

  • 2011 Diamond Award Honoree for Donor Support – Francesca Eastman
    Eric & Lori Lochtefeld

Local Business Support: Recognizes the contributions of San Mateo County businesses to the arts, such as a cafe that shows local artists' work on their walls, live music programming at a local club, hosting arts events, or serving the needs of local artists.

  • 2011 Diamond Award Honoree for Local Business Support – San Mateo Daily Journal

San Carlos Chamber of Commerce
The Lascaux Academy of Art & Language
Redwood City Patch
Andrea Niehus/Amazing Yarns

Eric & Lori Lochtefeld/The Fox Theatre
Mistral Restaurant
Patty Anagnostou/La Tartine

Government Support: Recognizes city and county government support of the arts, such as public art, arts programming, grants, etc.
programming at a local club, hosting arts events, or serving the needs of local artists.

  • 2011 Diamond Award Honoree for Government Support – Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee
    Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission
    Chris Beth & Lucas Wilder/Redwood City Parks Recreation & Community Services Dept.

Special Recognition: Individual or organization that falls outside the above categories, but advance the arts in the county.

  • 2011 Diamond Award Honoree for Special Recognition – Neil and Pegi Young
    Steve Jobs
    Boris Koodrin

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Jamie White February 01, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Congratulations on being nominated, Stacie!! You are truly deserving of this, with all of your excellent coverage of the Redwood City arts community : )
Beth Mostovoy February 01, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Thanks for the huge spotlight. Redwood City has done VERY well in the past, with 3 or 4 years Diamond Awards for Government Support, plus John Anagnostou (Business Support), SMan Mateo Credit Union (Donor Support), as well as a few dance studios. And our Individual Artist award to Troy Paiva, honors a RWC artist. It will be a GREAT night tomorrow. Having the Diamond Awards at Kohl Mansion is also going to be amazing. If you have never been to Kohl Mansion, you are in for a treat!


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