Celesta M. Billeci Receives Prestigious Jerry Willis Leadership Award

Posted on Nov 18 by SEASONS Magazine

Celesta M. Billeci, courtesy UCSB Arts & Lectures

Celesta M. Billeci, courtesy UCSB Arts & Lectures

UCSB Arts & Lectures recently announced that Miller McCune Executive Director Celesta M. Billeci was honored with the 2015 Jerry Willis Leadership Award presented by The Western Arts Alliance (WAA) at its 48th annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Western Arts Alliance Leadership Award honors extraordinary vision, distinguished leadership and artistic excellence.

The Jerry Willis Leadership Award identifies and acknowledges those members whose innovation, hard work and dedication advance the performing arts field—those who have made an outstanding impact in the west and nationally. The award is a peer-to-peer acknowledgement that Celesta M. Billeci and UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L) is one of the most important and influential presenters in the Western United States and Canada.

“I am incredibly honored to be recognized by WAA for continuing the remarkable history of Arts & Lectures,” Billeci says. “It is wonderful to be a part of a team that is committed to bringing some of the world’s greatest artists and influential people to our community.”

With more than 25 years of experience in the performing arts, Billeci joined A&L as Executive Director in 2000. Now, one of the largest and most impactful arts and lectures organizations on the West Coast, A&L boasts an impressive roster of world-class artists and speakers; including in 2015-2016, Nobel Peace Laureate Malala Yousafzai, Pulitzer Prize-winner David McCullough, New York City Ballet MOVES and The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma.

For more information, visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu.


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