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Thank you, Friends of the Arts!


Dear Friends,

Your wonderful support of the Arts at Hartnell College over the years has kept our programs strong, innovative, and inclusive – despite every possible challenge – including the prolonged pandemic! Thanks to your encouraging commitment, this year is already shaping up to be very dynamic, exciting, and meaningful as you will see in full detail in all the wonderful news below.

As you may know, The Council for the Arts is a group of donors and leaders that volunteers throughout the year to galvanize community support of the Arts at Hartnell, including visual arts, music, theater and cinema, photography, as well as The Western Stage — the professionally managed, community-based theatre company and educational program based here on campus. These exciting programs empower our students and community members to refine critical skills, sharpen creative inquiry, explore artistic expression, and develop their capacity to collaborate — all while deepening empathy.

We deeply appreciate your support of student opportunities in the arts at Hartnell College and we welcome your own ideas at any time. We believe that the arts have the power to transform lives in critical ways. Please know that your continued financial support is especially crucial this year as we seek to rebuild, regenerate, and refuel our programs. Together, we will help enrich the lives of everyone who experiences the arts at Hartnell!


Paulette Lynch HeadshotThank you,

Paulette Lynch

2023-2024 Chair
Council for the Arts
Hartnell College Foundation



With the conviction that the arts have the power to change lives, leaders from a variety of industries and interests come together on the Hartnell College Foundation Council for the Arts to provide material, financial, and community support, that enable the arts at Hartnell to thrive and students to move from instruction in the classroom to entry into the creative workforce.



dynamic, responsive, and inspiring programs that empower students and community members to develop critical skills, sharpen creative inquiry, explore artistic expression, and work in collaboration, all while deepening empathy – for the self and others.

Council for the Arts

  • Paulette Lynch, Chair
  • Dean Joy Cowden
  • Candi DePauw
  • Pat Donohue
  • Cesar Flores
  • Alex Garcia
  • Linda Gin
  • Pat Horsley
  • Al Munoz
  • Celine Pinet
  • Diane Tingey

Gala for the Arts

Help us stay bold and relevant in our stewardship for the arts, which are always a source of healing, inspiration and joy!

Gala for the Arts
Jack R. Killian Endowed Scholarship funds a program

Killian Scholarship Program

I am thankful to be a part of Killian, where I was guided to my dream career. I hope to continue with music education and give back to my community.” Julianna Ramirez, 2022-2023 Killian Scholar.

The Jack R. Killian Endowed Scholarship funds a program for a select cohort of music majors at Hartnell College. This scholarship opens the door to private lessons with exclusive and elite music instructors, mentoring by professional musicians, and a $2,000 scholarship. The cohort frequently meets to practice, study music theory, and even take excursions to attend local and Bay Area orchestra performances, compliments of the scholarship program. 


Boronda International Study Program

The Sylvano and Maria Boronda International Study Program is offering an approximately two-week program of study in Berlin, Germany, Vienna, Austria, and Prague, Czech Republic in the Summer of 2024. As directed by the will of the donor, Lester D. Boronda, the recipients are to be “Students of Unusual Promise in the Arts, namely, Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Literature, Drama, Music or Dance.”

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The Western Stage Performances

The Western Stage resides in The Center for Performing Arts at Hartnell College. The Western Stage is a professionally managed, community-based theater company and educational program that nurtures and develops our students’ and community’s passion for the creative process and desire for high-level artistic experiences.

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Robert Brill

Distinguished Alumnus in the Arts

Robert Brill is a three-time tony award nominee. His credits include Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, and Assassins, as well as the set and club design for the critically acclaimed revival of Cabaret, at both the Kit Kat Klub and the legendary Studio 54. His other Broadway credits include the recent revivals of Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, A Streetcar Named Desire, Design for Living, Buried Child, and many others.

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