Celebration of the Arts

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.

ducks at Shakespeare FestivalFirst 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.

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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:
http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2013/05/alabama_state_council_on_the_a.html

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Until next time,

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Sulynn Creswell, Director

Black Belt Treasures

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