Mimi Michaelis, co-chair of Fiesta Finale, will formally announce the 2019 Profant Foundation For the Arts scholarship recipients at the Aug. 4 event at the historic El Paseo Restaurant.
The recipients are: Literature: Howard Jay Smith, The James Buckley Award for Writing Excellence; Community Service Award, Angela Borda; Instrumental Music: Robert Cassidy, The Dorothy Artaud Award; Visual Arts: Marc Sucher, The Patricia Crosby Hinds Award; Taj Vaccarella, The Rose Award; Dance: Vibiana Pizano Smith, for Community Service, Paul Michael Toomey Award; Theatre: Finale Performance underwritten by Mimi Michaelis and Susan Petrovich.
Profant Scholarships are made available through community support and proceeds from the Fiesta Finale annual gala. Tenor Marco Antonio Labastida, known for his rendition of Granada, has been added to the program which will feature artwork that comes to life, not only with posed actors, but also with dancers and musicians.
Dancers Kristen and Serge Chmelnitzki, owners of the local Arthur Murray Dance Studio, will be featured, and Ricardo Chavez and his company will again bring Flamenco to the stage.
Included in the event are a gourmet dinner, costume contest, and dancing under the stars. For information and reservations, email email@example.com. Tickets $225. Booth $1,000.
Michaelis was born in Pennsylvania and attended college in New York. She and her husband settled in Pacific Palisades. After his death in 1996, she came to Santa Barbara and immersed herself in the art scene.
She has quietly supported a number of nonprofits including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Lotusland, and the Santa Barbara Zoo, as well as the annual Michaelis Dance Scholarship awarded by the Profant Foundation.
— Marie Profant for Profant Foundation for the Arts.