The Santa Monica Arts Parents Association (SMAPA) supports cultural arts in elementary, middle and high schools that are part of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and located in the city of Santa Monica, by providing funding and assistance for students participating in the band, orchestra, choir, dance, theatre and visual arts programs. Funds donated to a specific program are given solely to that program.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Tax ID #95-2563339

Participating Programs

SMAPA Participating Programs include the Santa Monica High School (Samohi) Band Program, Samohi Dance Program, Samohi Orchestra Program, Samohi Theatre Program, Samohi Visual Arts Program, and Samohi Vocal Music Program. Each Participating Program has the authority to operate independently, including the authority to elect officers, conduct meetings necessary to manage its activities, and raise and disburse funds for its own purposes. Each Participating Program maintains its own books and records, and prepares an annual budget and reports to the SMAPA Board.

SMAPA also assists with fundraising activities for SMMUSD Elementary Music, John Adams Middle School, and Lincoln Middle School Visual and Performing Arts programs.

Board of Directors

The SMAPA Board of Directors includes one Representative from each of the Participating Programs and two Officers – the President and the Treasurer – who also serve as Directors. Directors are ratified by a vote of the members present at the annual general membership meeting. Directors serve in a voluntary capacity and receive no compensation, other than reimbursement for expenses. A Director may serve concurrent terms as a Representative and Officer.

Each Director may be designated to serve no more than two consecutive two-year terms.

2022-23 SMAPA Board of Directors:

  • President – Lydia Muraro
  • Treasurer – Alisa Stewart
  • John Adams Middle School (JAMS) Theatre Rep. – Kim Crawford, Treasurer, JAMS Theatre
  • Samohi Bands Rep. – Diana Oliver, Treasurer, SMAPA-Samohi Bands
  • Samohi Orchestras Rep. – Fred Zimmerman
  • Samohi Theatre Rep. – Joan Krenik, Theatre Producer
  • Samohi Visual Arts Rep. – Jeanne Le Blanc
  • Samohi Vocal Music Rep. – Kathleen Rawson

Prior Boards:

  • 2021-22: Lydia Muraro (Pres), Alisa Stewart (Treas), Kim Crawford (JAMS Theatre Treas), Joan Krenik (Samohi Theatre Producer), Jeanne LeBlanc (Samohi Visual Arts Rep), Diana Oliver (Samohi Band Treas), Kathleen Rawson (Samohi Vocal Music Rep), Fred Zimmerman (Samohi Orchestras Rep)
  • 2010-21: Lydia Muraro (Pres), Alisa Stewart (Treas), Gavin DiMundo (Band Pres), Alex Hernandez (Dance Rep), Fred Zimmerman (Orchestra Rep), Ric Levis-Fitzgerald (Theatre Treas), Jeanne LeBlanc (Visual Arts Rep), Erin Inatsugu (Vocal Music Pres)
  • 2019-20: Lydia Muraro (Pres), Deborah Nadel (Treas, Orchestra Rep), Melissa Tarsky (Band), Richard Levis-Fitzgerald (Theatre) Sheila Hume (Visual Arts), Erin Inatsugu (Vocal Music)
  • 2018-19: Mia von Sadovszky (Pres), Tina Ogata (Treas), Jeff Jarow (Band), Barbara VanArsdell (Orch), Richard Levis-Fitzgerald (Theatre), Sheila Hume (VisArts), Erin Inatsugu (Vocal Music)
  • 2017-18: Mia von Sadovszky (Pres), Alisa Stewart (Treas), Jeff Jarow (Band), Barbara VanArsdell (Orch), Joan Krenik (Theatre), Charlene Nakamura (VisArts), Erin Inatsugu (Vocal Music)
  • 2016-17: Cynthia Pinkos (Pres), Alisa Stewart (Treas), Marcy Hardart (Band), Nicole Bethurum (Dance), Dorie Meek (Orch), Charlene Nakamura (Theatre & VisArts), Patti Braun (Vocal Music)
  • 2015-16: Cynthia Pinkos (Pres), Alisa Stewart (Treas), Marcy Hardart (Band), Nicole Bethurum (Dance), Dorie Meek (Orch), Charlene Nakamura (Theatre), Patti Braun (Vocal)
  • 2014-15: Nicole Bethurum, Patti Braun, Marcy Hardart, Delia Lopez, Charlene Nakamura, Cynthia Pinkos, Helga Schier, Alisa Stewart
  • 2013-14: Patti Braun, Marcy Hardart, Delia Lopez, Cynthia Pinkos, Helga Schier, Alisa Stewart
  • 2012-13: Mort Bernstein, Jane Bordal, Cheryl Clark, Nancy Cohen, Hermas Lassalle, Karen Safrit, Helga Schier, Mimi Winship
  • 2011-12: Mort Bernstein, Doreen Gelfand, Tracy Hom, Nancy Kane, Nancy Mansfield, Patricia Payro-Freeman, Cyndy Turnage
  • 2009-10: Richard Bencivengo (President), Deborah Love (Secretary)


Click on the link to read or download: Bylaws of Santa Monica Arts Parents Association.

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