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Artist Heroes

Aaron Chang
inspires others through his photos of the beauty and majesty of the ocean.

Aaron Copland
is one of the most respected American classical composers of the twentieth century.

Adam Sandler
brings comic-relief to people of all ages

Adams Sie
is an up and coming film director from Senegal.

Akiane Kramarik
is an incredible young artist who is self taught.

Aleksey Nikolayevich Beketov
left a legacy of beautiful buildings in Ukraine.

Alexander Borodin
was an accomplished chemist, composer and staunch advocate of women's rights.

Alvin Ailey
was a choreographer and founder of the American Dance Theater.

Andrei Tarkovsky
was a filmmaker who 'invented a new language, true to the nature of film'.

Angela Brooks
is an architect who works to create sustainable and affordable housing.

Anna Pavlova
was a Russian ballerina and is known as one of the finest classical dancers in history

Ansel Adams
was an 'artist-activist' whose photographs of nature inspired conservation.

Antoni Gaudi
is one of the most recognized architects of his time.

Antonin Dvorak
was a Czech composer who influenced other artists.

Artemisia Gentileschi
was a female post-Renaissance artist who tackled challenging themes.

Audrey Hepburn
was an actress, dancer and notable Ambassador for UNICEF


BAFTA LA
brings Shakespeare to life for South LA students.

Baje Whitethorne
is a celebrated Navajo painter and author.

Barbara Stuart Rabinowitsch
was a member of the Laguna Beach Greenbelt and of Ballet Pacifica.

Beniamino Bufano
created distinctive sculptures addressing the theme of peace.

Bill Cosby
injects his comedy with wisdom.


Bob Dylan
is a pioneer musician and singer songwriter who continues to influence music today.

Bob Hope
had the rare ability to bring laughter everywhere he went.

Bono (Paul Hewson)
is a musician, advocate for AIDS victims and a humanitarian.

Bud Greenspan
is a filmmaker extraordinaire dubbed the 'Poet Laureate of the Olympics.'

Cameron Sinclair
is the founder of Architecture for Humanity, which brings services to communities in need.

Carol Burnett
an award-winning actress and comedienne

Charles M. Schulz
made people laugh every day.

Charlie Chaplin
taught us to laugh in the face of adversity.

Christopher Reeve
never gave up hope for himself or for others with paralysis.

Claude Oscar Monet
is a famous impressionist painter.

Damon K. Wayans
brought Matt relief from depression through his comedic talent.

Daniel Libeskind
is an architect whose work inspires peace.

Danny Thomas
is the founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Dexter Gordon
was a musician nominated for an Oscar.

Diane Challis Davy
directs the Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters.

Diego Rivera
was a famed Mexican muralist and revolutionary.

Dolores Huerta
is a civil rights activist who worked with Cesar Chavez to found the United Farm Workers,

Dorothea Lange
captured powerful moments in history with a keen eye for the human condition.

Doug Miller
Is an iconic artist and musician in Laguna Beach, Calfifornia.

Dr. Michael Irving
created a memorial monument as a voice for victims of child abuse.

Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss was an artist who also wrote charming, absurd rhymes.

Edmonia Lewis
defied restrictions on black women and achieved respect in the art community.

Fauzia Minallah
is the founder of Funkor Childart Centre and an ARTIVIST.

Fernando Botero
is a Colombian painter famous for his robust figures.

Frances Anne Hopkins
is a famous Canadian artist known for her canoe paintings.

Frank Lloyd Wright
was an innovative architect.

Frank Owen Gehry
has developed his
own unique style of design.

Frank Zappa
was a musician and composer with a flair for the absurd.

Fred Batley
gives young and aspiring actors and actresses a chance to shine.

Frida Kahlo
became a famous Mexican artist despite polio and injuries.

Friedl Dicker-Brandeis
was an artist and teacher who gave children hope during the Holocaust.

Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel
revolutionized women's fashion and empowered women

Gary Birch
is a compassionate educator and role model to his students.

Gibran Kahlil Gibran
was a Lebanese poet, artist and philosopher who is third after Shakespeare and Lao-Tsu.

Gustave Eiffel
was the French architect who gave the United States the Eiffel Tower.

Hany El-Miniawy
is an Egyptian architect who uses architecture to help alleviate poverty.

Harrison Ford
is an actor, humanitarian and ardent conservationist.

Harry Houdini
was a master of escape.

Hayao Miyazaki
is a talented film and animation creator.

Helen Hayes
is considered the 'First Lady of American Theater.'

Holly Carter
gives kids and others the tools to tell their stories.

Ian McKellen
is an accomplished English actor and human rights activist.

Ivana Kobilca
was an important Slovene realist painter.

J.N. (Ding) Darling
was a conservationist and cartoonist who used his art to raise awareness about the environment.

Jackie Chan
is a beloved comedic martial artist and philanthropist.

Jacob Lawrence
broke racial barriers as a renowned painter.

Jim Carrey
is an actor, impersonator and eccentric comedian.

Jim Henson
was the world's most famous puppeteer and Father of the Muppets.

Jodie Gates
is a groundbreaker in the international world of dance.

Johan (Jean) Julius Christian Sibelius
was an innovative modern composer.

John Tu
founder of Kingston Technology is also a musician and a supporter of the Freedom Writers.

Josefina Lopez
is a Latina screenwriter
who believes in the
power of women.

Josephine Baker
was a popular African American dancer in France, fought for civil rights and freedom against the Nazis.

Katie Lee
is a passionate advocate for wilderness.

Kaziah Hancock
paints portraits of fallen soldiers as a memorial keepsake for their families.

Ken Theeradej Wongpuapan
is a popular Thai actor and UNICEF Youth Ambassador.

Kenji Williams
creates music and films that celebrate the earth.

Laurel Burch
is an artist who has inspired other artists and women in need across the globe

Leonardo da Vinci
was an artist, scientist and inventor.

Lita Albuquerque
is an environmental artist who works on a large scale.

Lou Ferrigno
is a successful actor and bodybuilder who overcame a hearing disability.

Louis Sullivan
is credited with inventing the skyscraper.

M.C. Escher
created art that plays with perspective and dimension.

MacGillivray Family
founded the non-profit MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation

Mada Leach
cofounded Laguna Community Art Education (LOCA).

Mamadou Tall Diedhiou
combines recycled materials to create inspiring works of art.

Margaret Hughes
was one of the first professional stage actesses in England.

Margot Fonteyn
was a world-renowned dancer.

Maria Tallchief
is a Native American ballerina who is known worldwide for her outstanding performances.

Marian Anderson
was a world-renowned opera singer.

Mary Cassatt
filled the world with her beautiful paintings of children, mothers, love and kindness.

Mary Jane Colter
designed the rustic buildings at the Grand Canyon National Park.

Maya Lin
is an architect and sculptor.

Message in a box: Franck de Las
Mercedes's peace packages

creates peace boxes to send all over the world

Michael J. Fox
works to find a cure for Parkinsons Disease.

Miranda Andersen
is a young filmmaker and environmentalist who uses her talents to create awareness.

Nam June Paik #1 Video Artist
is regarded as the 'father of video art.'

Nicolae Grigorescu
was one of the founders of modern Romanian painting.

Nirvan Mullick
is a filmmaker who spotted 'the perfect moment' when he filmed Caine's Arcade.

Oswaldo Guayasamin
was an Ecuadorian artist whose work reflected his commitment to democracy.

Paloma Herrera
is an accomplished ballerina.

Pam Smith-Rodden
helped turn a dream into a reality for an author and a community.

Patrick Nagatani
uses photography and colored lights to promote good health.

Paul Robeson
was a singer, actor, football player scholar and civil rights activist.

Pedro Almodovar
is considered one of
the most influential
Spanish filmmakers.

Peter Jackson
is a filmmaker who directed the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.


Piet Kroon
is a talented Dutch filmmaker and devoted dad.


R. Buckminster Fuller
designed the geodesic dome.

Raphael Sanzio da Urbino
was an Italian painter of the High Renaissance.

Rembrandt van Rijn
captures the suffering, reflection and compassion of humanity in his art.

Robert Redford
established the Sundance Film Festival to effect change in the world.

Robert Shetterly
paints portraits of Americans who have acted with courage to do the right thing.

Robert Wise
was a filmmaker, teacher and mentor.

Roberto Arevalo
of The Mirror Project
teaches kids TV production.

Robin Altman
is an active participant in the arts community in the Laguna Beach area.

Ron Kovic
makes art an affirmation of life.

Ron Kovic
has worked for peace for over four decades.

Rudolph Nureyev
was a legendary Russian ballet dancer.

Scott Joplin
composed operatic and ragtime music and influenced early jazz.

September McGee
is an artist and a teacher.

Simon Velez
is a prize winning architect who uses sustainable materials.

Stephen Joseph
uses art to protect the land.

Stephen Sondheim
composed popular Broadway musicals.

Steven Spielberg
is an award winning filmmaker who pushed the limits of his art.

Stevie Wonder
a musician who has overcome great obstacles

Tadao Ando
is a world-famous Japanese architect.

Taron Lexton
applies his filmmaking talents to advocate for human rights.

Tom Shadyac
is a gifted and accomplished writer and filmmaker who gave up everything to understand the human spirit.

Tomihiro Hoshino
creates captivating art and poetry despite paralysis.

Veronica Tennant, the Prima Ballerina
is an accomplished Canadian dance film producer and director.

Vincent Van Gogh
remains one of the world's most renowned artists.

Vojko Gasperut
creates beautiful paintings despite his paralysis.

Walt Disney
was both a visionary artist and an entrepreneur.

Wang Yani
has been painting since
she was three
years old.

Will Smith
is a musician and actor whose roles are often heroic and funny.

Wilson Bentley
was the first person to photograph a single snowflake.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
prolific and influential classical music composer

Wyland
is an internationally recognized artist and marine life conservationist.

Young@Heart
is a chorus of senior citizens that sings classic rock and pop songs.

Youssef Chahine
is a highly respected and accomplished Egyptian film director.

Yuri Mason
shared her love of life and peace through the power of her paintings.

Zaha Hadid
is the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

 


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