The Mayor’s Awards for the Arts are back!
It has been awhile – the last time the awards were presented was 2009.
The Sioux Falls Arts Council’s ceremony is 7 p.m. Thursday Nov. 29 at the Museum of Visual Materials, 500 N. Main Ave. Admission is free.
Stop by and talk with the nominees and other artsy people from the Sioux Falls area. The social hour starts at 6 p.m. with light complimentary appetizers, a cash bar and live music is by the cool acoustic guitar/cello duo Condor.
You probably know some of these folks up for awards in the three categories:
The Individual Excellence Award in the Arts will be presented to an artist whose contributions have significantly impacted the arts in Sioux Falls. Nominees are:
Phil Baker, musician
Jerry Fogg, visual artist
Nancyjane Huehl, visual artist
The Organizational Achievement Award in the Arts will recognize an arts organization or business that excel in supporting or enhancing the arts through contributions of time, talent or funding. Nominees are:
The 8th & Railroad Center, Erika Billion
Cherapa Place, Jeff Scherschligt
The Charlotte Carver Lifetime Achievement Award will recognize an individual who has shown a life-long commitment and dedication to the arts either as an artist, through an arts organization or a business. Nominees are:
Debra J. Klebanoff
Dr. Raymond Sidoti
The awards started when then Sioux Falls Mayor Gary Hanson agreed to host the first ceremony in 1999. The idea was to honor people and organizations that play a vital role in community artistic achievement.
But the awards went away when the Sioux Empire Arts Council reorganized in 2010. The group was renamed the Sioux Falls Arts Council in 2011 and brought the awards back this year.
Back in 1999 the first award winners were Tom Roberts for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, Norwest Bank for Outstanding Business Support of the Arts and Mary Sommervold for Outstanding Advocacy for the Arts.
See all the past winners on the council’s website.
The Sioux Falls Arts Council is located in the Crane Centre at 326 E, 8th St., Suite 106-B. Information: 271-6696, email info@ArtsSiouxFalls.org or at the council’s website.