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Cultural and Fine Arts Commission names Harris as arts award winner

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The City of Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts Commission (CFAC) has awarded its 2014 Student Creative Arts Award to 17-year-old Sonoma resident Maya Harris.

The decision was made at the Feb. 27 meeting held at City Hall. The commission also decided to award Siena Guerrazzi, a student at Justin Siena High School, a $500 award of merit.

Lisa Carlsson, CFAC member said, “We were thrilled by the caliber of candidates we interviewed this year and it was a joy to see such talent in the Valley. Maya joins an illustrious list of former CFAC Student Creative Arts Award winners. Right up there with her in talent was Siena with her creative writing submittal and the commission agreed that she deserved a $500 award of merit.”

This award program is intended to support and encourage local youth in the continuation of their artistic training and is open to Sonoma Valley students, ages 16-to-21 working and demonstrating unusual promise in the visual, literary or performing arts.

Former award recipients were Maya Smoot 2013; Esmeralda Chavez-Mata 2012; Sarah Summers 2011; and Michael Starr 2010.