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2022 Best of Sausalito Award

2022 Best of Sausalito Award

Sausalito Award Program Honors the Achievement  


SAUSALITO April 29, 2022 

Ethnic Arts Institute International has been selected for the 2022 Best of Sausalito Award

in the Performing Arts category by the Sausalito Award Program.


Each year, the Sausalito Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Sausalito area a great place to live, work and play.

About Sausalito Award Program

The Sausalito Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Sausalito area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

Glass hexagon trophy for EAII's Best of 2022 award
A group is seated on the floor  listening to a speaker who is standing in the center of the room


Ethnic Arts Institute International is made possible thanks to the inspiration, example and support of Bishops Calvin Davis, Sr. and Leslie W. Edwards.
Our every accomplishment is a tribute dedicated to them in honor their lifelong labor and selfless sacrifice toward establishing 21st century schools of virtue serving pluralistic communities. 

Executive Director's Headshot
Lisa Saunders, Founding Executive Director


 Lisa Saunders, Founding Executive Director

Lisa Saunders is a passionate, cultural arts advocate and veteran of the ethnic dance community in the San Francisco Bay Area. By age 17, she had already established herself as an accomplished performer of classical West African and Afro-fusion dance: serving as a founding member and principle performer with two ground-breaking dance companies.

Her dance education includes immersion studies/apprenticeship with George Naope (celebrated hula master and leading advocate and preservationist of native Hawaiian culture ), Jose Lorenzo (Viva Bahia & Ballet Folclorico do Brasil), and C.K. Ladzekpo, PhD (critically acclaimed African musicologist and director of SF Ethnic Dance Festival). Serving in this capacity, Lisa developed an inimitable style and mastery of dynamic repertoire: expressing an authentic voice of African-american consciousness. 

Today, she joins the ranks of Bay Area artists/activists who apply artisitc practice towards meaningful social impact. Although she still enjoys a regular teaching schedule, Lisa is most widely recognized for her work as a arts entrepreneur: expanding markets for specialty multicultural arts programs.

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