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Artistic License Awards

Purpose of the Artistic License Awards Artistic license implies so many ideas: freedom of expression, residual rights and royalties, the daring to be different, to make a difference through innovation and service. In 2008, we conceived of the Artistic License Awards to recognize persons and organizations that have mastered their arts (intended in the broadest possible sense) in extraordinary ways for the communities they serve. This year's honorees are role models for innovation and courageous leadership that have inspired so many others to stretch beyond their "comfort zones" and take on the challenges of our times. 

- Alma Robinson, Executive Director

2023 - Sacramento

Donna Apidone

 Richard Lewis

Dr. L. Steven Winlock

 Create CA

Operation Protect and Defend

2022 - San Francisco


The Carlin Family

The Chinese Culture Center

Hon. Rafael Mandelman, SF Board of Supervisors

2020 - Los Angeles

US Representative Judy Chu

CA Senator Ben Allen

The Santa Fe Art Colony

Vijay Gupta

2019 - Sacramento

Buck Busfield

Dr. Sheree Meyer 

The Royal Chicano Air Force

Supervisor Phil Serna 

Daniel Yamshon

2018 - San Francisco

Senator Loni Hancock

Don K. Harris


Lowenstein Sandler

2017 - Santa Monica

Congressman Ted Lieu

Annette Bening

Craig Watson

Self Help Graphics & Art

E. Randol Schoenberg

2016 - Sacramento

California Senator Mark Leno 

California Senator Jim Nielsen 

The Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus 

Marcy Friedman 

Art Luna 

Ali Youssefi 

Ellen Taylor

2015 - San Francisco

San Francisco Supervisor London Breed

Deborah Santana, Do a Little Fund

Steven Hirsch & Katherine Lloyd-Lovett

of Keker, Van Nest & Peter, LLP

Dr. Larry Brewster of U. of San Francisco

The William James Association

The Hancock Funds

2014 - Santa Monica

Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez

Fish & Richardson, P.C.

The Actors' Gang

2013 - Santa Monica 

CA Senator Carol Liu 

CA Senator Alan Sieroty (ret.) 

Wayne Kramer, Jail Guitar Doors USA 

Intel Corporation 

Catherine Emmanuel

2012 - Santa Monica 

CA Senator Curren D. Price, Jr.

Inner-City Arts

McDermott, Will & Emery


Samuel Hoi, President, Otis College

2011 - Santa Monica

LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas

Malissa Feruzzi Shriver

Jay L. Cooper, Esq.

PEN Center USA

Frank Romero

Cathy Segal-Garcia

2010 - San Francisco 

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi 

San Francisco Symphony 

Henry Hopkins (in memoriam) 

Rhodessa Jones of Cultural Odyssey 

Fenwick & West, LLP

2009 - Sacramento

California Senate President Darrell Steinberg

Wayne Thiebaud

Charles (Chuck) Miller (in memoriam)

Kim Curry-Evans

 Stephen L. Davis, Esq. 

2010 - Santa Monica

Robert Graham (in memoriam)

First Lady of California Maria Shriver

U.S. Representative Diane Watson

Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP

Elsa Ramo Law

Geffen Playhouse

2009 - Santa Monica 

LA County Supervisor Don Knabe 

Danny Glover and Ben Guillory 

of the Robey Theatre Company

Adolfo V. Nodal

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP

2008 - Santa Monica

CA Senator Jack Scott

LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky

LA City Council Member Jan Perry

Rose Marie Cano of Plaza de la Raza

Greenberg Glusker

Greg Victoroff, Esq.



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