posted on: Friday, October 19, 2012
2012 honorees for ArtsErie Arts Appreciation Awards announced
ERIE, PA —
Each year ArtsErie honors individuals and groups for their contributions to the arts community with ArtsErie Arts Appreciation Awards. The awards will be presented at ArtsErie’s “Fall for the Arts” annual meeting and awards ceremony, to be held this year on Tuesday, October 30 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Barber National Institute (100 Barber Place, Erie).
At the event, ArtsErie will present four Arts Appreciation Awards, including a brand new award for Artist of the Year, named in honor of the late conductor Bruce Morton Wright in recognition of his lifetime of achievements and Erie’s broad diversity of arts and artists. Wright, the founder and conductor of the Erie Chamber Orchestra, passed away in 2011.
Local artist and teacher Tom Ferraro
will receive the first Bruce Morton Wright Artist of the Year Award
. This award recognizes an individual artist of any media who has had a significant impact on the arts and culture landscape through personal commitment and leadership. The new honor was instituted as a means to acknowledge a local artist for his or her contributions to our community or for providing a mentoring role in helping other artists.
This year’s other honorees are as follows:
will receive the Leadership in Arts Award
. This award recognizes a business, government, or foundation that (1) has exhibited long term art support, or (2) whose work has had a significant impact on the region’s arts/cultural landscape, or (3) has demonstrated a successful collaboration between an arts organization and business.
Dr. Robert and Betsy Guelcher
will receive the Applause Award
. This award recognizes a dedicated individual(s) or group whose outstanding volunteerism and contributions, either currently or in the past, have supported ArtsErie or the arts in our community.
Teaching artist Mike Bocianowski
will receive the Imagine Arts-in-Education Award
. This award recognizes an educator, instructor or individual whose efforts have made an outstanding contribution to the enhancement of arts education by consistently inspiring and encouraging arts excellence in their students or an education affiliate (PTA, Board of Ed., Performing Arts/Music School) or other organization that has demonstrated outstanding efforts to evoke interest and understanding in the arts both having worked over time to implement excellence in and for arts education.
This year’s awards were created by potter Dave Mosbacher.
Doors will open at 5:15 p.m.; the awards presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. A reception will immediately follow, with live musical entertainment by Nova Free Jazz Trio.
“Fall for the Arts” is sponsored by the Barber National Institute, MacDonald Illig Jones and Britton LLP, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and BNY Mellon. Nominations are accepted annually from members of the community and voted upon by the ArtsErie Board of Directors.
For more information or to inquire about purchasing tickets, priced at $15 each, please contact ArtsErie at (814) 452-3427 or info@ArtsErie.org, or purchase online at this link.