The EPIC Innovation Awards honors outstanding individuals and organizations, across industries, who are making inspiring social impacts through ingenuity, creativity, innovation, education and the arts. 

Celebrate the 2021 EPIC Awards honorees with us by viewing their inspiring acceptance speeches below.

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The EPIC Legend Award was presented to, Floyd Norman. He has played a life-long defining role in expanding and transforming his area of cultural and creative influence in the business of entertainment. He's worked for Walt Disney Studios, Pixar, Hanna-Barbera and more. He has demonstrated a life of exemplary accomplishments through story-telling as an animator, writer and comic book artist. He contributed his talents to  iconic films such as, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Jungle Book, Sword in the Stone, Monsters Inc., Mulan, Toy Story 2 and the Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Floyd has several books of cartoons and authored a semi-biographical primer, titled: Animated Life: A Lifetime of tips, tricks, techniques and stories from an Animation Legend (Animation Masters). 

The EPIC Artist Award was presented to artist, Candy Chang. She has demonstrated outstanding creative, artistic accomplishments, through the activation of public spaces throughout the world. She is most known for her 2011 participatory public artwork Before I Die, which reimagines how the walls of our cities can help us grapple with mortality and meaning as a community today. Over 5,000 Before I Die walls have been created by communities in over 75 counties, and The Atlantic called it “one of the most creative community projects ever.”  Chang is a TED Senior Fellow, Urban Innovation Fellow and World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders. Her work has been featured in Venice Architecture Biennale, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Smithsonian America Art Museum.

The EPIC Community Engagement Award was presented to Organic Soup Kitchen because of their epic community engagement which has resulted in innovative humanitarian benefits. They use plant-based, nutritionally dense foods to support prevention and recovery for cancer and chronically ill patients, and serve to those within the community facing financial hardship.

James Storehouse was honored with the EPIC Inspiration Award for the charitable services that they directly provide to Foster Youth. With over 400,000 foster youth in the US today, the organization is a social change agent and a signifiant inspiration, providing essential supplies and compassionate support for kids in foster care from cribs to college.

The EPIC Educator Award was presented to Santa Barbara Maritime Museum because of their innovative approach to inspire the public through hands-on educational experiences. Founded by a group of fishermen, divers, and sailors who are a part of this exciting history, SBMM centered on interactivity and the founders envisioned it as a place where the public could experience maritime culture without leaving the harbor. The museum has nearly 8,000 square feet of exhibits, as well as docking space for three historic vessels. An additional 5,000 square foot warehouse off-site allows for artifact collection and storage. The 88-seat, high-definition Munger Theater also provides a venue for films, lectures, and panel discussions on all things maritime.

Congratuations to all of our 2021 honorees!

Our world is better because of your ingenuity!