EH Press Release 2021
EH Press Release 2021

Empowering HeArts Nominations Are Now Open

-- [Santa Clarita, CA] Artists To Use Photography, Collage, Painting Or Sculpture To Tell The Stories Of Six Women Whose Lives Personify Resilience; Grand Prize Winner Announced At Gala Event, August 07, 2021


(Santa Clarita, CA), (December 28th, 2020)– Single Mothers Outreach (SMO) is proud to announce “SURVIVOR” as the theme for the eleventh annual Empowering HeArts fundraising gala set to take place on Saturday, August 7th, 2021 as a virtual event. This year, we are asking the community to help raise awareness around what it means to be a “SURVIVOR” by putting together a short video, posting it on social media, and tagging @singlemothersoutreach. Each person in this community is a survivor!

Let’s use our voices to not only bring awareness but as a reminder we are not alone – we have one other to lean on!

What is Empowering HeArts:

Empowering HeArts bridges the worlds of social action and artistic expression by pairing inspirational women and artists of Santa Clarita to create art forms that depict the moving stories of these honorees. Art is juried and two prizes are awarded as follows:

  • Dottie Award - awarded to the artist who creates the most compelling visual story
  • People's Choice - awarded by gala attendees from votes taken at the event

Honorees are nominated by the community and selected by the Single Mothers Outreach Board of Directors and Empowering HeArts planning committee. The community is invited to nominate inspiring women who have shaped the lives of others and the community, by following the guidelines posted on the SMO website.

SMO also seeks six artists to be paired with one of six honorees to tell her story in the medium of photography, collage, painting, or sculpture. A panel of industry experts will judge artists and the grand-prize winner will be announced at the gala and will be featured in a tribute program describing each woman’s story.

For applications and more information on the Empowering HeArts artist and nominee guidelines and to submit an entry, visit under the Empowering HeArts tab.

The deadline for artist applications and sample portfolios must be submitted to SMO for approval by March 18th, 2021 (please submit 5) and the honoree nominations deadline is March 18th, 2021.

2021 Empowering HeArts Event Information

  • Date: Saturday, August 7th, 2021
  • Where: Virtual

Empowering HeArts is the signature fundraising event for Single Mothers Outreach, all proceeds from sponsorships, tickets, and product sales support SMO’s mission. To learn more about SMO, visit

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