More than two dozen teachers and administrators who oversee instrumental, vocal, theater, dance and visual arts programs will be honored during an upcoming ceremony for making a difference in the lives of Orange County students through arts education.
The virtual Orange County Music and Arts Administrators — or OCMAA — Awards will take place at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12. Educators, students and others who support the arts can register to attend the free 2021 OCMAA virtual awards ceremony by visiting this link.
The evening will include a display of student visual art from the countywide OCArts4All Virtual Art Showcase, award presentations by district and arts organization leaders and student performances.
And, this year’s program includes the addition of two lifetime achievement and heritage awards, the Jim Thomas Award for Theatre and the Phyllis Berenbeim Award for Arts in Special Education, both named after former OCDE visual and performing arts coordinators.
Founded by OCDE, the Orange County Music and Arts Administrators is an active coalition of school districts, community arts organizations, parents and business leaders who work collaboratively to ensure a high quality inclusive, accessible, and equitable arts education for every child.
For those unable to attend the ceremony, here’s the full list of the 2021 Orange County Music and Arts Award recipients:
Jamie Tanzer, Newport Mesa Unified School District – Secondary Dance
Greg Bergevin, Irvine Unified School District – Elementary Instrumental Music
Justin Padilla, Los Alamitos School District – Secondary Instrumental Music
Emily Helmick, Garden Grove Unified School District – Elementary Vocal Music
Brian Hogan, Anaheim Union High School District – Secondary Vocal Music
Sarah Seibert, Santa Ana Unified School District – Elementary Theatre
Sarah Anderson, Newport Mesa Unified School District – Secondary Theatre
Suzanne Fowler, Orange Unified School District – Elementary Visual Arts
Michaela McPolin, Huntington Beach Union High School District – Secondary Visual Arts
Karen Doles, Garden Grove Unified School District – Secondary Visual Arts
Albert Yap, Orange Unified School District – Media Arts
Christine Choi, Orange County School of the Arts – Arts in Special Education Award