An evening of WOW moments!
That is how I would describe the Alabama State Council on the Arts Celebration of the Arts Awards Ceremony last week in Montgomery.
First of all, the setting could not have been more perfect – the Alabama Shakespeare Theater…beginning with the ducks swimming in the fountain outside! Every detail had been planned to perfection with the honorees seated in the balcony over looking the grand affair as if we were at the Kennedy Center Awards. For almost two hours, we were entertained with spectacular music from pop to folk and sacred harp, dance, dramatic readings, theater, and vocal performance. The most inspiring and meaningful parts of the evening were video clips of each awardee describing their contributions to the Arts in Alabama. Each have invested their lives first of all, in their individual passions and then in making “their Alabama” a better place in which to live through the arts.
Congratulations to the awardees:
The Jonnie Dee Riley Little Lifetime Achievement Award:
Lyndra Daniel, Birmingham
The Alabama Distinguished Artist Award:
Rick Bragg, Piedmont
The Governor’s Art Award:
Gordon & Geri Moulton, Mobile
Jean Prescott Pierce, Birmingham
Sonia Sanchez, Birmingham
Kitty Seale, Montgomery
Dr. Wayne Flynt, Auburn
The Alabama Folk Heritage Award:
Excelsior Band, Mobile
The Special Council Legacy Award:
Senator J. T. “Jabo” Waggoner, Birmingham
To read more about each of these honorees – please visit the following links:
For an online copy of Alabama Arts Magazine: http://www.arts.state.al.us/library/2013_Alabama_Arts_magazine_Arts_Awards_4_web.pdf
Alabama Writers Forum article on the honorees: http://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/newsroom.html/article/2013/05/01/two-harper-lee-award-recipients-among-nine-special-alabamians-to-be-honored
AL.com news article:
Until next time,