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To encourage emerging artists to continue to purse their passion to create art through painting, drawing, ceramics, digital works and sculpting using scholarships, grants, awards or programs that support the art community.

What started with a simple wish to begin a scholarship in Ian's memory grew into much more than we could have anticipated.  For several years we offered a $1,000 art award to local High School Seniors, along with a $1,000 art grant through the Santa Maria Art Council Grant Showcase each May.  With the restructuring of the Santa Maria Arts Council, we now offer two art awards, directly from our Foundation, each Spring to graduating High School Seniors.  Beginning in 2023, we will be offering two, $2,000 grants.  

We  expanded our Programs to include the Artist Exchange, UnSeen No More gallery shows, the stART - Igniting a Passion for Art program for adults with disabilities and partnering with other art organizations to sponsor student mentorship classes in the Santa Maria Valley

In order to have more control over our awards &  grants, we formed the Ian M Hassett Foundation.  The Foundation was officially recognized by the state of California on
June 12, 2013 (almost one year following Ian's death).


If you would like to support the Foundation with a tax-deductible donation, please use the Donate button.

Board of directors

Eric Hassett - Executive Director

Stefanie Hassett - Finance Director

Amy Smith, CIA - Board Secretary

Gary Laier. P.E. - Corporate Operations Director

Autumn Jennings - Artistic Director

Vicky Laier - Board Member

Janice Borsch, CPA - Board Member

Gabby Dixon - Board Member

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