Film Star Joe Mantegna to Deliver Keynote at Laguna’s Art Stars Award


LBAA_Joe_MantegnaThe Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts (LBaa) announces award-winning actor Joe Mantegna, to deliver the keynote speech at the 9th Annual Art Star Awards to be held on Sunday, April 12 at [seven-degrees] in Laguna Beach at 6 p.m. As the keynote speaker, Mantegna will share stories about his successful and diverse career. During the event in true Academy Award style, awards in seven categories will be presented to organizations, businesses and individuals who shaped and contributed to the community’s arts and culture in Laguna Beach this last year. Additionally, the winner of the $5,000 [seven-degrees] of Inspiration Grant will be announced and last year’s grant winner artist Cheryl Ekstrom will present her resulting and innovative project.  Tickets are available at $85 per person and may be purchased by contacting

With over 100 films like Searching for Bobby FischerThe Godfather Part 3CelebrityForget Paris and Liberty Heights to name a few, Joe has proven his versatility as an actor and his passion for the art.

Joe is no stranger to television either. Whether it’s an award-winning TV movie like, The Rat Pack or The Last Don, or a critically acclaimed series like Joan of ArcadiaThe Starter Wife, or currently as the star of the long running hit show Criminal Minds, it seems like it’s hard not to turn on the TV and see Joe.  For the past 25 years, he has lent his voice talents to The Simpsons television series. Besides winning a Tony Award on Broadway, Mantegna has been nominated for Emmy and Golden Globe Awards, and in April 2011 received his own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Celebrating 40 years in show business, Mantegna shows no signs of slowing down.

“No doubt, this is going to be a great evening,” remarked Art Stars Chairman Wayne Baglin. “What an incredible honor it is to have Joe Mantegna as the keynote speaker at this year’s Art Star Awards.”

Don’t miss this evening of Hollywood glitz and glamour Laguna style! Tickets $85 (includes dinner). To purchase tickets, please contact The event will be held at [seven- degrees] located at 891 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California.

The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts was established in 2002 as the result of an exciting partnership among more than 20 Laguna Beach organizations. The mission is to serve as an advocate for the arts, promote collaboration and networking among the arts organizations of Laguna Beach, and to serve as a united voice for the arts in the city. Members of the Alliance for the Arts include Art-A-Fair Festival, Laguna Dance Festival, City of Laguna Beach Arts Commission, Community Art Project, Festival of Arts, First Thursdays Art Walk, KX 93.5 Radio, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach Chamber Singers, Laguna Beach Craft Guild, Laguna Beach Film Society, Laguna Beach Live!, Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association, Visit Laguna Beach, Laguna College of Art & Design, Laguna Concert Band, Laguna Outreach for Community Arts, Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Lagunatunes Community Chorus, Blue Water Green Earth, No Square Theater, Sawdust Art Festival, and [seven-degrees].