Winners of the 2017 City of Lincoln / Lincoln Arts Council Mayor's Arts Awards have been announced. Artists associated with Flatwater Shakespeare appear in several categories. Bob Hall, Founding Artistic Director of the company, will receive the Legacy of the Arts Award. Richard Nielsen, who most recently appeared as Antonio in FSC's The Merchant of Venice, will receive the Artistic Achievement Award -- Performing Arts. Puddin' and the Grumble / The Grumble Project, which addresses the issue of child hunger and which our new Executive Artistic Director Becky Boesen wrote with David von Kampen (their musical was commissioned by the Lied Center), will receive the Mayor's Choice Award.
It's also good to see awards going to the Angels Theatre Company, co-founded by Judy Hart (who appeared in our Richard III), and to Robert Hillestad, who contributed to the scenic design of Othello.
Congratulations to all the recipients! We'll post further details soon about the awards ceremony, June 7 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, and about some of the winners. Here's the full list:
Annual MAYOR’S ARTS AWARDS
June 7, 2017 at Pinnacle Bank Arena
Arts Organization: Angels Theatre Company
an arts group that has made significant contributions to Lincoln’s
arts community over a period of years.
Achievement Award - Visual Arts: Amy Smith
excellence and accomplishment in any of the visual arts, including
theatre & film.
Achievement Award - Youth: Jonah Kelly
excellence and accomplishment in any arts discipline by a young
person age 18 or younger.
Achievement Award - Performing Arts: Richard Nielsen
excellence and accomplishment in any of the performing arts,
Achievement Award - Literary Arts: Rex Walton
excellence and accomplishment in literary form.
Lux Education Award: Robert Hillestad
special initiatives or dedication to arts education.
Legacy of the Arts Award: Robert Hall
a senior (age 55 and up) actively involved in creating, teaching,
sharing or inspiring artistic expression in any discipline.
the Arts Award: Dean Settle
an individual or organization for outstanding volunteer dedication to
the arts or for making a major overall impact on the arts in Lincoln.
ArtScene Backstage Award: Brad Buffum
extraordinary service to the arts through behind-the-scenes efforts.
Event Award: Hildegard Center for the Arts for Standing Bear – A
Ponca Indian Cantata by Jerod
a performance, exhibition or project in the previous year (2016) that
will be notable in the community memory for years to come because of
its content or cultural significance.
of the Arts Award: Phil Perry
individual, family, organization or business making significant
financial contributions to the arts.
Community Foundation Arts for Kids Award: Kevin Clark, Clark
Architects Collaborative 3
individual or organization from outside of the arts professions whose
leadership has enhanced arts activities and experiences for children.
Choice Award: “Puddin’ and the Grumble” / The Grumble Project
Urban Design Award: P Street District Improvements