The Cannon Beach Arts Association awards an annual $3,000 grant to an emerging or professional artist from the community. The Artist Grant is intended to promote the work of local artists and to provide support necessary to expand their creative process. It is also the intent to encourage a wider art audience and quality art experiences within the community.
The 2010 winner of the Individual Artist Grant, Patrick Lathrop will present his original musical Storms, Stories and Songs: A Celebration of Cannon Beach, at the Coaster Theater in June and early July. Lathrop has been working with local school children to stage the production; which is an original musical play about the history of Cannon Beach. Over the course of the winter, Lathorp researched and wrote the play. He utilized archives from the Cannon Beach History Center as a resource for defining his characters and the time periods, including historic images to create the scenery.
Admission to all of the performances are free. The opening night performance (followed by a Gala Event) will be on Saturday, June 11, at 7pm. Subsequent performances are scheduled for the summer on Saturdays: June 18, 25 & July 2 at 12 noon.