2014 Heart of Art Award Winner: Lucy Casado




Congratulations to Lucy Casado!

We are excited to announce the winner of our Second Annual Heart of Art Award as Lucy Casado! Lucy definitely embodies the characteristics of supporting talent, and the arts, and we are happy to announce that she is the recipient of this year’s award! Lucy has touched many lives with her dedication to the arts, as was evident by the number of votes that she received and the sentiments that were expressed. We salute you Lucy, as you continue to make a difference in the lives of others!

What’s next?

Lucy will be presented with the 2014 Heart of Art Award trophy AND we will feature a complete interview with Lucy in the very near future, so that you can learn more, firsthand, about her dedication and why so many people believe that Lucy is truly the “Heart of Art.” Thank you to all of you who submitted your votes. We would also like to thank our other two finalists for all that you have done and will continue to do, to support talent and the arts; Bob Devin Jones and Daniel Lir/Bayou Bennett!


2014 Heart of Art Award Recipient

Lucy Casado

Read Lucy’s nomination:

I’d like to nominate Lucy Casado for her dedication and selflessness shown to countless creators of music for a lifetime. Lucy Casado, at 87 years young, is known as the namesake and owner of Lucy’s El Adobe Restaurant, a famous haunt of many Hollywood Celebrities.

More than the enchiladas and margaritas served, though, Lucy has created a culture of compassion and love for the arts, politics and charity work. Musicians including Linda Ronstadt, Glenn Frey and Don Henley of The Eagles, Jimmy Webb, Jackson Browne and many others have credited her for feeding them and nurturing their hopes and aspirations during their “starving artist” years as undiscovered musicians.

This is no ordinary Mexican restaurant, and there’s one person to hold accountable, Lucy. You might walk in during the 2 weeks every year that she hosts 5-10 monks who travel from Tibet to create a mandala for peace at the restaurant while being fed and hosted by Lucy.

You may walk into a political press conference, as Jerry Brown, the current Governor of California, refers to Lucy as his adopted mother and calls her Mrs. California. She was the founder of California’s oldest Hispanic organization – the Mexican American Political Association, and she’s tireless when it comes to using her powers for good, whether it be supporting the arts or creating or supporting foundations to help people she loves, or just feeding people and making them happy for the 50 years her restaurant has been open.


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