Thursday, March 09, 2017

2017 Mayor's Arts Awards Winners Announced!


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:

39th Annual MAYOR’S ARTS AWARDS
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Pinnacle Bank Arena

Outstanding Arts Organization: Angels Theatre Company
Recognizes an arts group that has made significant contributions to Lincoln’s arts community over a period of years.

Artistic Achievement Award - Visual Arts: Amy Smith
Recognizes excellence and accomplishment in any of the visual arts, including theatre & film.

Artistic Achievement Award - Youth: Jonah Kelly
Recognizes excellence and accomplishment in any arts discipline by a young person age 18 or younger.

Artistic Achievement Award - Performing Arts: Richard Nielsen
Recognizes excellence and accomplishment in any of the performing arts, including film.

Artistic Achievement Award - Literary Arts: Rex Walton
Recognizes excellence and accomplishment in literary form.

Gladys Lux Education Award: Robert Hillestad
Recognizes special initiatives or dedication to arts education.

The Legacy of the Arts Award: Robert Hall
Recognizes a senior (age 55 and up) actively involved in creating, teaching, sharing or inspiring artistic expression in any discipline.

Heart of the Arts Award: Dean Settle
Recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding volunteer dedication to the arts or for making a major overall impact on the arts in Lincoln.

The ArtScene Backstage Award: Brad Buffum
Recognizes extraordinary service to the arts through behind-the-scenes efforts.

Outstanding Event Award: Hildegard Center for the Arts for Standing Bear – A Ponca Indian Cantata by Jerod Tate
Recognizes 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.

Benefactor of the Arts Award: Phil Perry
Honors an individual, family, organization or business making significant financial contributions to the arts.

Lincoln Community Foundation Arts for Kids Award: Kevin Clark, Clark Architects Collaborative 3
Honors an individual or organization from outside of the arts professions whose leadership has enhanced arts activities and experiences for children.

Mayor’s Choice Award: “Puddin’ and the Grumble” / The Grumble Project


Enersen Urban Design Award: P Street District Improvements


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