“The City of Davis is honored to receive this award for economic development through the arts,” said Davis Mayor Gloria Partida. “Our local artists and arts administrators were innovative in leveraging available funding to support future organizational growth, audience development, and long-term financial stability in addition to providing a fun, educational platform to promote active transportation, physical fitness, emotional well-being and environmental health.”
BCTC created original, in-school educational content for the Davis Joint Unified School District elementary schools. “Light the Way: A Bicycle Safety Musical” is based on the true story of Annie Londonderry, who in 1895 was the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle.
The musical encouraged community partnerships and inspired many others to keep involved in theater. Outcomes from the project include:
- The project helped to cultivate support from the community that continues, including event underwriting from local businesses and access to space for planning and rehearsals.
- A collaborative relationship has formed between BCTC and the UC Davis Theatre Department to recruit and hire students as paid performers and interns – a rare opportunity that affords young aspiring artists with the chance to gain valuable real-world experience prior to graduation.
- In all, 29 young theater professionals were involved and have gained experience in acting, costuming, writing, stage and theatre management, sound and light production, marketing, videography and photography, and other creative talents that contribute to our growing local pool of talent and provide them with marketable career skills.
About The Helen Putnam Award for Excellence
The Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program was established in 1982 in honor of Helen Putnam, the League’s first woman president and dedicated public servant and mayor. The award recognizes outstanding achievements made in California’s communities in 12 categories and is presented each year at the League Annual Conference & Expo.