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    Making a Difference Award

The Daily Breeze-Torrance Performing Arts Consotrium "Making a Difference Award" was conceived in 2005 by Byron Stefferud, Torrance Performing Arts Consortium's (TPAC) Executive Consultant. 


The purpose of this award is to give recognition and encouragement to deserving young performing and visual artists. The award also spotlights the outstanding directors of the special non profit organizations. The directors continue, year after year, to create nurturing environments where aspiring young artists may develop their talents. TPAC and the Daily Breeze were both excited at working together on this project.


Mary Anne Golden, an art critic and the Public Relations Director for TPAC, discovered nationally reputed scupltor Cinthia Joyce.  Golden was the Artistic Director of the Making A Difference Award.  


The TPAC Board of Directors commissioned Cinthia Joyce to create the "In the Spirit of Beauty" bronze sculpture and silver medaillions which represent the Making a Difference Award.  


The first Making a Difference Awards were presented  in 2006. Each TPAC organization determines their Making A Difference recipients.  The Making A Difference Awards are presented at a performance of one of the TPAC member groups.








 A solid sterling silver medallion, which front side displays the treble, or G clef, a ballerina on en pointe, and the comedy and tragedy masks, weighs more than sixteen ounces. This stunning medallion, designed by Cinthia Joyce,  is  awarded to each Making A Difference Award recipient. 


The medallions are similiar to  the "In the Spirit of Beauty" sculpture, which was created after the medallions. 

Visit Cinthia Joyce's website to see all of her amazing works of art.

Photo by Sean Hiller, Daily Breeze

A sterling silver round lapel pin shows the Daily Breeze/Torrance Performing Arts Consortium Making A Difference Award notations. This pin is similar to the reverse side of the large sterling silver medallion.

The Medallion and

The Pin

Special Recognition Given with  The Bronze Medallion



A solid bronze medallion is given in Special Recognition to outstanding individuals and groups who exemplify the  Making a Difference Award spirit. The medallions are cast from the same mold as the sterling silver medallions. These bronze medallions are awarded on occassion as determined by the TPAC Board. 


The past recipient of the Special Recognition Making A Difference Award was Miss Abigail Simoens, a young dancer in the South Bay Ballet. Abigail, an inspiration to the community,  exudes very spirit of the Making A Difference Award.

The 2010 Making a Difference Awards were held before The Aerospace Players musical production of The Producers at the James R. Armstrong Theatre.


The Director's Award went to  Chuck Gustafson, Director of the Aerospace Players, and the following  young performers:


SBB. Evyn Nicole Davis, ballet

TSA, Jessie Chen, violin

SBC, Matthew Willaims, theater

LCMC, Lizbeth Sanchez, vocal


The "In the Spirit of Beauty" bas relief bronze sculpture was created by nationally recognized South Bay artist Cinthia Joyce. This stunning sculpture, by the generous donation of Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto, is on permanent display in the lobby of the James R. Armstrong Theatre at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center.


The Creation of the Making A Difference Award

The 2013

Daily Breeze TPAC

Making A Difference

Awards Ceremony

will be held on

November 6, 2013

Making A Difference with

The Daily Breeze and the

Torrance Performing Arts Consortium!