Congratulations to Zaveeni Khan-Marcus who received this year’s Leadership in the Arts Award at a festive celebration and holiday gathering in the Channing Peake Gallery during 1st Thursday. Commission Chair Barbara Burger presented the award on behalf of the Arts Commission to Zaveeni for her leadership and extraordinary contributions as Director of the MultiCultural Center at UC Santa Barbara.
Zaveeni Khan-Marcus ha been serving as the founding director of the MultiCultural Center at the University since 1989– overseeing its tremendous growth from a very small center to a widely known and wildly popular center for global arts, culture and dialogue. Under her leadership the events and programs of the MultiCultural Center have made distinct and positive changes in attitudes and behaviors on the university campus and has served as a bridge to foster cross-cultural understanding for the entire community. A native of Sri Lanka, Zaveeni lived and worked in Varnasi, India, and Cairo, Egypt prior to coming to the US. She is a member of the California Council for Cultural Centers, founding member of the World Music series at UCSB and performs in the UCSB Middle Eastern Ensemble.
“All of us at UC Santa Barbara are so proud and pleased to see our colleague Zaveeni Khan-Marcus honored in such a meaningful way by our community,” said UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang. “We appreciate her dynamic leadership of our MultiCultural Center and her dedicated efforts over more than two decades to support and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our campus and our community.”
The Leadership in the Arts Award was established in 2006 as an annual award “to honor and recognize individuals or organizations that have made a significant impact on the arts and culture of our region through innovative thinking and exemplary commitment to promoting sustaining, and advancing out quality of life through the Arts.” The Arts Commission was established in 1977 is a 15-member panel with three representatives appointed by each of the five County District Supervisors. The Commission serves as a regional arts agency for the County and resource linked to the California Arts Council. It also provides arts services to the City of Santa Barbara through a decades-old partnership between the City and County. For more information visit www.sbartscommission.org.