MARCH 16, 2011

Tickets on sale now for the Arts Council of the North Valley’s “Picnic under the Stars” fundraiser

PHOENIX –The Arts Council of the North Valley (ACNV) will hold its 3rd annual Picnic under the Stars fundraiser on April 30th at 6 p.m. at the Anthem Community Park.

The evening is filled with auctions, live music, dancing, raffles and enjoying friends.  Once tickets are purchased, table attendees join together to create a theme.  Everyone comes dressed to theme.  "It really is a night of let-your-hair-down fun” said Holly Matson, ACNV Executive Director. 

Tickets are required in advance and may be purchased online at 

Proceeds benefit the Arts Council of the North Valley to fund educational outreach, scholarships and other artistic programs in the North Valley.  The ACNV is a donation-funded, volunteer-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit. 


MARCH 8, 2011

Arts Council of the North Valley announces The Donna E. Kublin Art Scholarship winner

madeline pradoPHOENIX – Madeline Pado was awarded the Arts Council of the North Valley, Donna E. Kublin Art Scholarship for artistic excellence in Photography. 

Attending Sunrise Mountain High School, Madeline was described by the judges as an impressive young woman with great promise. “Madeline’s photos integrate musical arts into photography.  This creative approach was very impressive.  As well, Madeline has maintained an extensive regimen of extracurricular activities that showcase her dedication and commitment to achieving her goals,” said Linda Schwartz, co-chair of the ACNV Scholarships Committee.  Among Madeline’s activities is the varsity soccer team in which she serves as co-captain, concert choir, varsity choir and drama. In addition, Madeline is an honor student.

Madeline is interested in photojournalism and will be attending Arizona State University.  "I am greatly honored to receive this generous scholarship from the Arts Council of the North Valley. This award will be an immensely beneficial aid to my pursuit of a photojournalism degree at Arizona State University,” said Pado.  “I cannot thank the ACNV enough – not only for their monetary support, but also for their expression of confidence in my artistic potential as well as their enthusiastic encouragement regarding my photography career goals."

The Donna E. Kublin Art Scholarship will be awarded to Madeline Pado on April 30, 2011 at the ACNV Picnic Under the Stars Event held at the Anthem Community Park.  In addition to the scholarship award, Madeline has been selected to photograph the event; adding to her already impressive portfolio. 

The award is named after past President and Executive Director of the ACNV, Donna Kublin. One of its founders, Kublin helped guide the organization during the first five years and continues to assist the new leadership team.  "I am deeply honored that the board has named the ‘Artistic Excellence Scholarship’ after me", said Kublin.  "It was totally unexpected and heartwarming to be recognized in this special way."

Tickets for Picnic Under the Stars, the fun and fabulous fundraiser, are $35 and available by calling 623-551-3254 or visit

To learn more about the Arts Council of the North Valley, educational outreach programs, major fundraising events, upcoming programs and annual membership opportunities to support the arts here in the north valley, please visit or call  623-516-2268.