Mayor’s Arts Awards set for June 18

Mayor’s Arts Awards set for June 18


The Mayor’s Arts Awards 2003, theme “Celebrating the Heart & Soul of Our Community,” will be Saturday, June 18, at the Coronado Theatre, 314 North Main St., Rockford. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with the Mayor’s Reception. Delicious hors d’oeuvres and a buffet will be served, prepared by A Movable Feast; a cash bar will also be available.

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. with performance vignettes featuring theater, dance and music highlights from our community.

Guest speaker is playwright and screenwriter David Henry Hwang, best known as the author of M. Butterfly. Over the past two decades, Hwang and his works have earned numerous prestigious fellowships, grants and awards, including several Tonys and Tony Award nominations. Hwang served on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and currently serves on several arts-related boards; he is regularly seen on PBS programming.

Following the speaker, the Mayor’s Arts Awards will be presented in the following categories: Community Impact by an Individual Artist, sponsored by Associated Bank; Community Impact by an Arts Advocate, sponsored by Adams Letter Services, Inc.; Community Impact by a Corporation, sponsored by Manpower; Exceptional Student of the Arts, sponsored by Viking Chemical; Star Teacher, sponsored by Northern Public Radio; and Creative Cultural Event, sponsored by Fred C. Olson Funeral Chapels.

Nominees are: Individual Artist: Jim Crow, Gail Dartez, Aubrey Dean Durst, Val Eddy, Lynn Fischer-Carlson, Lisa Frost, Ingrid Neuhofer Dohm, Virginia Noerr LaPasso, Jayne Poor, Joel Ross, Mike Webb. Individual Arts Advocate: DeWayne Fellows, Martha Frantz, Jerry Kortman & Doc Slafkosky, Christopher Laird, Larry & Julie Sheets, LuAnn Widergren, Don Grant Zellmer. Corporation: Alpine Bank, Bank One, J.R. Kortman Center for Design, Pierce Biotechnology, Inc., The Rock River Times. Student: Julie Abner, Camden Greenlee, Shayla Jones, Kristin Riccardo, Kristen Richards, Emma Stocker. Teacher: Lynn Fischer-Carlson, Rick DeRango, Aubrey Dean Durst, Charles Everett Matlock, Eileen Michaely, Carol Richhart.

Event: All City Theatre, The Wiz, presented by Rockford Public Schools; An Afternoon with Dr. Margaret Burroughs, presented by Ethnic Heritage Museum; An Inside View: Highlights from the Howard University Collection, presented by Rockford Art Museum and the Rockford Association for Minority Management; Celestial Sounds, Christmas Concert, presented by Bach Chamber Choir; Cho-Liang Lin Benefit Recital, presented by Rockford College Music Academy; Die Fledermaus, presented by Mendelssohn Club; I Can Paint, Art Show presented by Barbara Olson Center of Hope; Inside/Out, presented by Janet Wattles Center; Madama Butterfly, presented by Rockford Symphony Orchestra; Musical II—Movie Memories, presented by Mendelssohn Club.

At 7:30 p.m., a dessert reception and silent auction will take place. Silent bids will be taken for cover art, an original painting by Ingrid Neuhofer Dohm.

Sponsors are Baird, a Northwestern Mutual Company; SwedishAmerican Center for Complementary Medicine, and Richard Nordlof in memory of Jody Nordlof.

Cost of the event is $30 per person. Reservations are due by Friday, June 13, to the Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61104. Call 963-6765 or fax 963-8958. E-mail: or Web site www.artsforeveryone

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