Arts Council Napa Valley Announces Lucky Penny’s Barry Martin as 2016 Arts Hero
Arts Council Napa Valley (ACNV) is proud to announce Barry Martin, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Lucky Penny Productions, has been selected as the 2016 Napa County Arts Hero.
Mr. Martin was selected for this honor by the ACNV Board of Directors from over 20 public nominations submitted through an open call. The now annual Arts Hero honor distinguishes a community member for their exemplary commitment to the arts in Napa County. Arts Hero’s are evidenced by the impact of their achievements, their service for public benefit, leadership, innovation, and reputation among peers.
In 2009, with partner Taylor Bartolucci, Barry Martin founded Lucky Penny Productions with the goal of producing professional quality theatre in Napa. Since then, they have produced around 30 shows and, in 2015, they launched the ambitious Lucky Penny Community Arts Center in Napa, providing the community with a multi-purpose teaching, rehearsal and performance space. Mr. Martin serves as the Managing Director of Lucky Penny Productions, and directs, designs and performs with the company as well. It is estimated that he regularly volunteers nearly 50 hours a week helping the community enjoy and utilize this space.
When asked about his Arts Hero qualities, Bartolucci said, “He enjoys others and their talents - and wants to see people reach their full potential. I feel as if this [...] isn't even the tip of the iceberg as to the type of man he is, and the impact that his time, energy and hard work has had and will continue to have on the arts culture here in the Napa Valley. There are heroes and then there's Barry Martin.”
Before Lucky Penny Productions, Barry logged 23 years in commercial radio and 15 years in public information and outreach for public agencies, including the City of Napa.
When speaking of his passion for fostering artists, Martin said, "I believe in the power of the arts to remind us that we have more in common than we have things that separates us."
Martin will be presented with this honor at the 2016 Napa County State of the Arts meeting on Tuesday, May 31 at 5pm at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville. Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the door.