Pamela Levine, Youth in Arts’ Executive Director from 1996 to 2006, passed away in April 2007 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Her passion and dedication to Youth in Arts and to our mission of arts education will always be remembered. With a generous donation in Pam’s memory from the Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation, Youth in Arts established The Pamela Levine Arts Education Fund. The Fund serves as seed funds for an endowment for Youth in Arts. Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Fund by making a note on your check or online donation that you wish to donate to this special cause.
Each year, Youth in Arts honors one or more individuals, or an organization, for exceptional work in providing or supporting arts education in Marin. Important criteria include effective collaboration and success in building links between programs and the community. Awardees are selected by the Staff and Board of Youth in Arts in collaboration with the family of Pam Levine. The $1,000 award is presented at a Youth in Arts community event.
Mike Roche, owner of RileyStreet Art Supply, has received the tenth annual Pamela Levine Arts Education Leadership Award. In memory of the dedication and commitment of Youth in Arts’ former Executive Director Pamela Levine, the Pamela Levine Arts Education Leadership Award recognizes exceptional accomplishments in arts education in Marin County,
Executive Director Miko Lee presented the $1,000 award to Mike at YIA Gallery at Youth in Arts on December 8. “Since RileyStreet opened in downtown San Rafael’s Cultural District, we have partnered on a variety of projects. RileyStreet strongly believes in creativity and the power of artists to be changemakers. Mike exemplifies the passion and spirit of the Pamela Levine Arts Education Leadership Award,” stated Lee.
Youth in Arts and RileyStreet have been working to aid families who have been impacted by the North Bay fires.
“Mike and RileyStreet have partnered with Youth in Arts and the Sonoma County Department of Education to make sure that every kid who lost a house to fires, get a free art kit. They are also helping to provide supplies for artists who have lost their studios. Right now Riley Street is providing Youth in Arts with all the art supplies for Free Family Art nights for schools that have been impacted by the fires. It is powerful for us to work alongside a partner that believes in community and artistry as strongly as we do,” said Lee.
In yet another display community support and generosity, Mike immediately transferred the $1,000 award into store credit for Youth in Arts. Thank you Mike Roche–and the entire staff at RileyStreet Art Supply–for continuing to honor creativity and community.
2016: Jane Kramer, founder and Executive Director of Enriching Lives Through Music (ELM) for bringing music to young people in the Canal.
2015: Susan Andrews, for founding and leading Oak Hill School and making sure all students on the autism spectrum receive arts education programs.
2014: Cassandra Flipper, for leading Bread & Roses, and providing performing arts experiences for thousands of children.
2013: Julia James, Teaching Artist, for her wonderful visual arts work with students and celebrating their work through Gallery exhibits.
2012: Carol Cooper, for building a model arts program as Head of School at Willow Creek Academy, and for working at the county level to build arts education resources.
2011: Betty Lituanio, for working to ensure children of all abilities have opportunities to participate in the arts.
2010: Joan Capurro, Vice President, Bank of Marin for business leadership in the arts.
2009: Joy Phoenix and Ingrid Purcell, for their long time volunteer service on the board of Youth in Arts, respectively running the Photography Team and creating the Volunteer Program for the Italian Street Painting Festival.
2008: Marty Meade, Teaching Artist, for her exemplary work with students of all ages and abilities, including highly at-risk youth.
Pam lived a full and rewarding life in her 52 years. She was born in Brooklyn, grew up in New York and moved to the Bay Area in 1977 to complete doctoral work in Psychology. She married Dr. Stephen Levine in 1982 and was deeply proud of her children Jacob and Sasha. Before coming to Youth in Arts, Pam was President of RVSC (now the Yes Foundation) and served on the Ross Valley District School Board. At Youth in Arts, Pam oversaw the expansion of the organization and received extensive accolades for her work. Pam’s soul was sweet, artistic and overflowing with love. A sculptor and dancer in her youth, she was dedicated to enriching the Marin community through the arts and arts education. Pam, a non-smoker, would have liked to give thanks to all who showed their love and support during her three-and-a-half year battle with lung cancer.