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Gala for the Arts

Join us for the 2024 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! Share our vision and commitment to investing in dynamic, responsive, and inspiring programs that empower youth, 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. 

Sponsorship opportunities are also available now, click here or below to sponsor!


2024 Hartnell College Arts Award Honorees


Arts Legacy Award – Burrell Leonard

Distinguished Alumnus in the Arts – José G. Ortiz

Hartnell Community Arts Hero – Gail Higginbotham

The Western Stage Distinguished Honorees – Jeanne and Rollie Dick, Mimi and George Niesen &  Shirley and Tom Kiatta

Distinguished Service to the Arts – Linda Gin & Pat Horsley

Click HERE to view 2023 Program Book and Award Honoree Bios

Click HERE to view 2022 Program Book and Award Honoree Bios


Saturday, August 17th, 2024


Hartnell College

411 Central Avenue

Salinas, CA 93901

Willard Lewallen STEM Center Building


Guests will enjoy a fun evening of delicious food and beverages, a silent auction, and an inspiring program. For the second year, we will honor a distinguished alum in the arts, a community arts hero, and a Western Stage distinguished honoree. Guests will have the option of attending The Western Stage production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame on the Mainstage after the event.

Please continue your generous support of our students and arts programs by donating to the Fund for the Arts at Hartnell College.

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Saturday, August 17, 2024
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Hartnell College Foundation
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Hartnell College STEM Center
411 Central Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901 United States
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