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"Champions of the Arts" is an annual Chico Arts and Culture Foundation event honoring local heroes whose achievements as artists, patrons, organizations, and businesses is cause for celebration and accolades. This event expands on the Arts Commission’s longstanding tradition of recognizing those in the community who go above and beyond in producing or supporting the arts.

All of the Champions of the Arts acknowledge that awareness, education, and maintenance of public art is good for our city and the people in our community.

Past Champions include:

  • Amber Palmer, MA, MFT, Fine Art Consultant & Artist

  • Cameron Kelly, Gallery Director, Chico Art Center

  • Christine Mac Shane, Artist and Owner, The Studio 561

  • Jessie Mercer, Artist, Key Project Tribute, Butte County Art on Wheels

  • Marc Edson, Executive Director, Chico Theater Company

  • Rebecca McIntyre Senoglu, Coordinator, Enloe Regional Cancer Center, Healing Art Gallery


Jenise Coon Memorial Sculpture Project

Due to the pandemic, the Champions of the Arts event was on hold but we hope to bring back this event in 2023-2024 paired with the Jenise Coon memorial sculpture project fundraiser in honor of an artist, teacher, and performer whose impact on the community shall be celebrated in a lasting way. 

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