Community Arts Awards
2012 Winners Announced
The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Community Arts Awards.
Community Medal of Arts: Damien Garrylee McCormick
The CMA recognizes an artist who is a leader in their field, has a significant body of creative activity , who has received local and/or national acclaim, and has impacted on our community through art. This award encompasses all art forms, including but not limited to visual, musical, theatrical, literary, performing, multi-media, architecture or design.
Theodore C. Cooper Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service: Robert M. Beam
The recipient is to be a person, persons or group whose lives exemplify a broad range of service to the arts community that it not related to his/her professional occupation. The distinguished volunteer award may be given to any person or married couple.
Business Arts Award: Public Media Network
The Business Arts Award is presented to honor businesses in Kalamazoo County for their leadership, commitment and vision in developing exemplary alliances with the arts and arts organizations. The award recognizes a business for creating outstanding initiatives with the arts and arts organization, furthering the educational development of youth, enhancing the economic vitality of the community and enriching the quality of life in our community.
Patron Award: John H. Sage
The Patron Award acknowledges an individual or couple who have contributed significantly to the arts as patrons. Through their patronage they have made a sustained and/or transformational impact on this community through their support of the arts.
Epic Award: Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra League
The Epic Award recognizes a non-profit organization or program within Kalamazoo County that is of high artistic quality and serves to enhance life in our community through the arts. The award pays special attention to both long standing programs and organizations that have played a consistent role in the community and new organizations and programs that meet a previously unmet community need or focus area.
Arts Leadership Award: Daniel Gustin
The Arts Leader is an arts educator or arts administrator. The nominee is a recognized leader in the arts and/or the education community with an impact beyond his/her job description, a strong impact on the community through art, and positive and productive relationships in the community outside of his/her institution.
The awards will be presented at the annual awards gala on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel. The dinner and award presentation, produced by D. Neil Bremer, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, will be preceded by cocktail reception.
Tickets for the Community Arts Awards are $100; tables of eight can be reserved for $700. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Arts Council at 269.342.5059 or emailing Beth McCann, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Community Arts Awards recognizes, validates and celebrates the people, programs and organizations that positively impact the Kalamazoo Community in and through the Arts” states Shayne Plemmons, President of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo Board of Directors. “We congratulate and are proud to honor the award recipients. As in years past, the 2012 recipients are examples of leaders in the arts and demonstrate why Kalamazoo has such a strong, vibrant and dedicated arts community. We hope all of Kalamazoo celebrates with us on September 15th”
Click HERE for a PDF of all past recipients of Community Arts Awards.