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Art Contest Winners


The Cultural Arts Rotary Club of Fresno is delighted to announce the 2017 K-12 Art Contest winners. Grand prize art entry from 12th grader Kayla Heflin of Central High School will be featured as a mural at the Fresno Fairgrounds Agricultural Building in Spring 2018.

The contest was open to all Fresno County students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The contest theme Protect Our Land, Air and Water Because We Feed the World, emphasizes the importance of working together to save the environment. The contest was sponsored by Rotary District 5230 Grant in partnership with Fresno Fairgrounds.

All entries will be featured in a public exhibit at Arte Americas Student Art Gallery throughout the month of January 2018. The entries from each division: high school, middle school, and elementary (1st place and honorable mention entries) will be recognized at Art Hop on January 4, 2018.

High School Division
First Place: *Kayla Hefin, Grade 12, Central High School (East Campus)
Honorable Mention: Mukda Soumphonphakdy, Grade 12, Central High School (East Campus)

Middle School Division
First Place: Calvin Threlkeld, Carden School, 8th Grade

Elementary Division
First Place: Sophia Ponce, Greenberg Elementary, Grade 3
Honorable Mention: Santiago Lopez Lopez, Deborah Williams Elementary School, Grade 6

*Grand prize winner with artwork featured in Fresno Fairground Mural at Agricultural Building in 2018.

View student art contest entries.

CARC Foundation Grants 2017

For Immediate Release
Contact: Brooke Frost

Cultural Arts Rotary Announces $12,350 in Grants for Youth

Five Organizations Benefit for Arts Activities

Cultural Arts Rotary announced its annual grant awards for the year, providing five organizations with atotal of $12,350. Award amounts ranged from $1,000 to $4,400.

The Fresno Arts Council received $4,400 to support local youth through the galleries and history of the Fresno Water Tower.

The Central High Wind Ensemble is performing at Carnegie Hall in March 2018, one of six groups invited. Two scholarships were provided for two young musicians to attend. The $3,500 award contributes toward their total fund-raising goal of $116,000.

Fresno EOC Sanctuary received $2,250 to support the filling of 200 stockings for youth at the Making Spirits Bright event for families and for survivors of human trafficking throughout the month of December. CARC members will assist with the filling of the stockings.

Fresno State’s Theatre for Young Audiences will bring four schools the Wondrous Tales of Old Japan production. It is a collection of Japanese folk tales presented in Kabuki theatre style. The award is $1,200.

Adventure Risk Challenge has been awarded $1,000.00 to be used for the purchase of curricular supplies and gear to support their Poetry and the Spoken Word Program.


October-November 2017 Weekly Meetings

Join us on Tuesdays from noon to 1:15 pm for our weekly meetings. They are held at Arte Americas, 1630 Van Ness Ave, Fresno.

You must be a member of a Rotary Club, or a guest of Cultural Arts Rotary Club to attend the meetings. Advance registration is required. Contact Terri Broderick, Club Secretary.

Lunch: $15 per person. Cash or check payable to Cultural Arts Rotary Club.

Here is a list of speakers and programs for October and November.

Tuesday, October 3
Guest Speaker: Marc Patterson, Teacher, McLane High School, Fresno Unified School District

Meet Art Teacher Marc Patterson and learn about his role inspiring students to create art projects impacting social justice issues that have received local and national recognition.

Tuesday, October 10
We are not hosting a club meeting on October 10 as we honor Columbus Day.

Tuesday, October 17
Guest Speaker: Craig Scharton, CEO, Scharton Urban Development Strategies

Learn about Fresno’s economic revitalization efforts and Downtown Fresno Partnership’s “Fulton Street Party” -a historic event on October 21st to celebrate Fulton’s past, exciting future, and businesses that make up the Fulton Entertainment District.

Tuesday, October 24
Speaker: Dr. Julie L. Carter, Artistic Director and Founder of Soli Deo Gloria

Topic: Soli Deo Gloria is a premier women’s ensemble in the Central Valley. Learn about how this group illuminates truth and beauty through choral artistry.

Tuesday, October 31
Speaker: Honorable Hilary A. Chittick, Presiding Judge, California Superior Court, Fresno

Topic: Fresno County’s Veterans Treatment Court

Meet Judge Chittick who provides over Fresno’s Veterans Court (VTC). VTC’s are collaborative courts that offer rehabilitation as an alternative to incarceration.

Tuesday, November 7
Program: The Rotary Foundation

Join us and lean about the history of Rotary Foundation and how we are making a difference! The Rotary Foundation transforms gifts into service projects that change lives. During the past 100+ years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing sustainable projects in the community and around the world. Cultural Arts Rotary Club is one of over 35,000 clubs that carry out sustainable service projects in six areas: promoting peace, providing clear water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, growing local economics, and fighting disease.

Tuesday, November 14
Program: A.J. Parker-Foster Musical Instrument Project

Join us for a special celebration honoring the 2017 student recipient of the A.J. Parker-Foster Scholarship Memorial Award. Since 2012, Cultural Arts Rotary Club in partnership with the family of A.J. Parker Foster, has collaborated on a musical instrument project. Annually, a musical instrument has been given to a youth who has demonstrated a dedication to music, studies, and community contributions and who may not otherwise be able to afford the purchase.

Tuesday, November 21
There will be no club meeting today in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Tuesday, November 28
Speaker: Salam Naila, Chief Financial Officer, Fresno EOC and Chief Executive Officer, Access Plus Capitol

Topic: Access Plus Capital

Access Plus Capital, a subsidiary of Fresno EOC, provides essential support and services to aspiring entrepreneurs in the Central Valley. Learn how Assess Plus Capital through financing, training, and asset development services has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs realize their dreams.

K-12 Art Contest



Cultural Arts Rotary announces a youth-designed art contest throughout Fresno County Schools. The mural theme is “Protect Our Land, Air and Water Because We Feed the World.” Students are invited to provide a drawing electronically (see submission requirements on page 2) to become a mural that as a single entry or as part of a group selection will be 8 feet high and 44 feet long.

The mural will be mounted above the Agricultural Building at the Fresno Fairgrounds in the spring of 2018 for all to see!

The top finalist in each category will receive a $100 gift card. An honorable mention will receive a $50 gift card in each category. All entries will receive a certificate of participation. All finalist artwork will be shown at Arte Americas Student Gallery at the January 4, 2018 Art Hop and through the month. Other artwork submitted may be included depending upon the number of entries received or it may be limited to just finalists.

Any student in kindergarten through 12th grade in Fresno County may participate, including home-schooled students.