Pleasanton's Civic Arts manager to be honored today by Alameda County Board of Supervisors

Andy Jorgensen, 5 others to receive 2010 arts leadership awards

Andy Jorgensen, Pleasanton's Civic Arts manager, will be recognized by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors today with the county's 2010 arts leadership award for his achievements and contributions impacting the arts community and residents of Alameda County.

Jorgensen, who had a leading role in developing, building and opening the city's new $10-million Firehouse Arts Center earlier this month, was recognized by the Alameda County Arts Commission for his work in organizing and serving as executive director of the Children's Theater Workshop in Pleasanton

The county board will commend Jorgensen and five others who are also being honored at its meeting at the Alameda County Administration Building, Board Chamber, 1221 Oak Street, 5th floor, Oakland.

The others were being recognized are:

Lilia Reynoso of Union City, for her work as a member of the Union City Public Art Board, a member of Ollin Anahuac Traditional Aztec Dance Group and a board member of the Art Association of the East Bay, Inc.

Frederick Chacon of Alameda , for his work as artistic director of the Altarena Playhouse in Alameda and Director and Drama Program Educator at Alameda High School.

Jimi Evins of Oakland for his work as Art Program Director and Arts Educator at the East Oakland Youth Development Center, and Raymond Patton (Pat) Parr II of Castro Valley for his work as a board member of the Castro Valley Arts Foundation and as the Founding Director and Co-Artistic Director of the Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre.

Khalil Shaheed of Oakland for his work as the founder and director of the Oaktown Jazz Workshops.

The Alameda County Arts Commission selected these individuals from a group of nominees whose names were submitted by the public. Award recipients were selected based on their achievements within the arts field and their contributions to the community.

The annual program usually recognizes five individuals, one from each supervisorial district. This year, two individuals received tie-votes in supervisorial district four; therefore, six individuals were selected.

This event is also presented in conjunction with the county's celebration of California Arts Day.

For more information about the program or the award recipients and their achievements and contributions, contact the Alameda County Arts Commission at (510) 208-9646 or by email at

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Posted by Chuck Deckert
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 25, 2010 at 6:32 pm

It is a fitting award for a man who has given much of his adult life to the service of Pleasanton and the expansion of its cultural arts programs. Congratulations Andy on being recognized for the programs that have brought so many joy, and the amazing work which made the Firehouse Theatre a reality.

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Posted by Jerry Pentin
a resident of Mission Park
on Sep 25, 2010 at 7:51 pm

All I can say is that Andy is so deserving of this recognition. Bravo Andy, Bravo!

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Posted by Cheryl Cook-Kallio
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Sep 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Andy Jorgensen is the absolutely best! He has impacted thousand of people in Pleasanton. His love of the arts and his love of Pleasanton are well known to all who know Andy. Congratulations! We are so proud of you and what you have done for all of us! Thank you!

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Posted by Tony Rivera
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 27, 2010 at 9:25 am

Congratulations to a true visionary and leader in the arts community. Andy Jorgensen's hard work and contributions to The City of Pleasanton will be seen, heard and felt through out our community.

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Posted by Pat Jacobson
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Sep 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm

The County's Arts Achievement Recognition could not have been awarded to a more deserving (and WONDERFUL!) person. Congratulations, Andy!

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Posted by Jan Batcheller
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Congratulations, Andy! This is well deserved. I wish you the all best in your retirement.

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