Ramaa Bharadvaj receives
2003 Director's Award from California Arts Council
The awards were handed out at a public ceremony in San Francisco on Jan 14th 2004. In introducing Ramaa Bharadvaj, Barry Hessenius, the director of the Arts Council said "she is a woman with an infectiously positive spirit and a never-say-no attitude, who has made a tremendous difference in the arts community through her activism." The awardees are not selected by a nomination process, but by unanimous choice by the council members.
Arts Council is a state government agency, which was slated for elimination
by the government in 2003. Ramaa initiated a grassroots campaign
in May 2003. She organized the first public "aRTS aLIVE" Rally in
Santa Monica, gathering together the community of leaders, artists and
arts advocates. She raised great media awareness and spearheaded
a campaign to save the Arts Council even speaking at a public Rally in
Sacramento in front of the Capitol building. A logo designed by her
was used as a symbol for the fight for Arts funding in California.