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34th Annual Community Arts Awards

September 23, 2021 @ 5:30 pm

Photograph by: Douglas Jackson

Thank You For Participating in This Year’s Community Arts Award

Keep In Mind Your Nominations for the Summer of 2022

One of the most heartwarming annual events sponsored by the Doña Ana Arts Council is

its 34-year tradition of honoring individuals and organizations for their contributions to

the arts with the Community Arts Awards ceremony. The tradition continues this year,

2021 – The Year of the Artist.

The celebration will be on Thursday, September 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at The Hood, 3206 Harrelson St., at the corner of Harrelson and Bell Ave. in Mesilla Park.  Refreshments will be provided by local businesses and volunteers.  Due to limited seating, RSVPs are necessary to reserve seats.  Please see below to purchase tickets.

“We are fortunate to have so many outstanding artists and supporters of the arts in our region, and we are honored to announce the 2021 awardees from among that large and talented group,” said Greg Smith, Executive Director of the Arts Council.  They include Norman Todd, David Chavez, Barbara Hubbard, Svea Peterson, Patricia Gill Brown, Kathleen Albers, Kathy Morrow, and Spaceport America/Las Cruces Space Festival.  Smith added, “All of them have given so much to make our region a more vibrant and interesting place to live and to visit.”

Because 2021 is also the 50th year of both the Doña Ana Arts Council and the Renaissance ArtsFaire, local artist. Linda Gendall, created a unique work of art to commemorate these golden anniversaries and the Arts Awards.  Reproductions of the work will be used for the event programs and the awards, and the original work of art will be auctioned at the event.

New this year, the Cultural Heritage and Development Award will be presented to David Chavez for his many years of advocacy for historic preservation and the arts.

The Debi True Rounds Newcomer Award will be presented to Svea Peterson.

The Arts in Education Award will be received by storyteller Patricia Brown Gill.

The Community Arts Award will be presented to longtime advocate for the arts, Kathleen Albers.

The Art in Public Places Award goes to Kathy Morrow this year.

The award for Public Service to the Arts will be given to Spaceport America and the Las Cruces Space Festival for their collaboration on the Dawn of Discovery Arts Integration Project.

Considered by many to be an unstoppable and amazing force of nature, Barbara Hubbard will be receiving the Glowacki Lifetime Achievement Award.

Norman Todd will be receiving the Papen Family Award, which is being sponsored by former Senator Mary Kay Papen this year.

The theme this year is “Not Your Ordinary Black Tie Event” and attire is “dressy casual” meaning ties are not required.  However, fun ties in any color will be encouraged, and artistically decorated ones will be available.  It promises to be a fun and celebratory evening.

The Doña Ana Arts Council works in partnership with community groups; local, state, and national governmental agencies; and other nonprofit arts organizations to engage a broad spectrum of the region in a wide range of the arts.  Doña Ana Arts Council is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.

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The Papen Family Award honors an individual who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to the arts through leadership, service and/or financial support.  The award, originally called the Mesilla Valley Treasure Award, and later, The Julie Papen Arts Patron Award, was renamed in 1997 to honor the late Senator Frank Papen and the Papen family, whose dedicated leadership, involvement, and support of the arts has so richly benefited our community.  Previous winners include Dr. John Glowacki, Opal Lee Priestley, Rep. J. Paul Taylor, Mayor Ruben Smith, Dr. Joseph Denk, J. Henry Gustafson, Mary Hardman Gale, Kenneth G. Melgaard, Carolyn Bunch, Emily Cohen, Dr. J. Bruce Streett, Dr. William Clark, Glenn and Sally Cutter, Heather Pollard, Denise Chavez, Dr. Thomas Gale, Mark Medoff, Irene Oliver Lewis, Judith Finch, Ruth Cantrell, Jack Ward, Keith Wilson, Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, Rosemary McLoughlin, Jo-an Smith, Dr. Greg Fant, Diana Seward, Dr. Jim Shearer , Nancy Ritchey, Kathleen Squires, Tom & Jerean Hutchinson, Jordan & Marian Wolle, Teresita Gonzalez-Corral, Ann Palormo, Dr. Kent Jacobs & Sallie Ritter Jacobs, Donna Tate and Nancy Ritchey.

Newcomer Award recognizes leadership and support of the arts by an individual who has lived in Doña Ana County for fewer than five years. Past recipients include:  Les Roberts & Fred Rockey, Rita Hartley, Sherry White, Cheryl Thornburg, Susan Tweit, John Hasko, S. Derrickson Moore, Barbara & Steve Eckels, Kathe Stark, Lonnie Klein, Alice Peden, Sylvia Gibson Bowers, Tom Smith, Laurel Weathersbee, Lucilene de Gues & Paco Antonio, Ouida Touchón, Cheryl & Brian Fallstead, Lanova Sheets, Mari Blacker, George & Maggie Griffin, Cynthia Garrett, West End Art Depot and Diane & Robin Fovargue, Cindy & Pat Breedlove, Nan Rubin, Marisa Sage and Cruces Creatives.

The Arts In Education Award recognizes an individual whose leadership and pioneering spirit promote and shape visual, performing, and literary arts education initiatives. Past Arts in Education Award recipients include Bonnie Hosie, Karin Matray, Karuna Warren, John Schutz, Terry Alvarez, Leslie Kowalski, Constance Hasapopoulos Suter, Raul Dorn, Debra Knapp, Diane Schutz, Laurie Norman, Leslie Zerr, Corina Gabaldon, Oscar Butler, Rene Palomares and Geri Brink & Paul Hallsted, Children’s Reading Foundation of Doña Ana County, Sherry Doil-Carter, Tim Staley, Sally Quillin, Jan Archey and Kathleen Key

The Community Arts Award recognizes an individual or business whose motivation, service and example have made a marked impact on the cultural life of our community.  Former recipients of this award are Bob Burns, Bob & Yvette Peticolas, Kevin & Michelle Self, Jose Tena, Bob Diven, Dr. Jerry Ann Alt, Ceil & Peter Herman, Jim Billings, John Pleasant, Joseph Sylvan & Barbara Toth, The Border Book Festival/The Cultural Center of Mesilla, Roy van der Aa & Robin Baxa, Larry Chandler, Jaki & David McCollum, Mike Groves, The Potter’s Guild, Doug Roby, ASTC, GFWC Progress Club of Las Cruces and Olin Calk, St. Clair Winery, Flo Hosa Dougherty and Las Cruces Sun-News, Frank Leto, Publisher, Russ Smith, Megan McQueen,  ArtForms,Ron Saltzman and Dennis Lujan.

The Art in Public Places Award recognizes an individual who has created or placed art on permanent public view within Doña Ana County that exemplifies the highest standards and commitment to art in public places.  Recipients of this award include the City of Las Cruces & the NM Department of Transportation & Highways, Tracy Jamison, Zandra Santanova, Ken Barrick, Jackie Clark, Anthony Pennock, Glenn Schwaiger, Las Esperanzas, The Honorable Judge Robert C. Brack, Kelley S. Hestir, Joyce Macrorie,  Jess Williams, Rebecca Courtney and Saba.

Excellence in Public Service to the Arts Award recognizes outstanding contributions by an individual or government organization for their contribution in the arts. This award is open to individuals or federal, state and local government agencies.  Recipients include Will Ticknor, Miguel Silva, Ammu Devasthali, Loie Fecteau and Andy Hume, Greg Smith, Jeff Steinborn, and Erlinda Portillo.

Cultural Heritage and Development Award recognizes an individual, group or organization that has preserved and promoted the culture and heritage of the Mesilla Valley through artistic and creative endeavors. This is a new category for 2021.

The John Glowacki Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 2009 in honor of Dr. John Glowacki, founder of the Dona Ana Arts Council   and longtime Head of Fine Arts at New Mexico State University .This award is not given annually but only when an individual’s lifetime achievements need to be recognized for major, significant contributions to the arts.  Since its creation, the award has been presented only four times: to New Mexico Senator Mary Kay Papen in 2009, Dr. Tom Gale in 2011 (posthumously),  Glenn and Sally Cutter in 2013  and most recently, J Paul Taylor, in 2014.

Please submit nominations by August 1st.

This year the 34th  Annual Community Arts Awards Gala is scheduled for Thursday, September 23, 2021 from  5:30-8;00 p.m. at the Hood in Mesilla Park, New Mexico. To purchase tickets for this year’s event, please see https://daarts.org/product/community-arts-awards-tickets/

For more information, please call or email the Dona Ana Arts Council (575-523-6403 or admin@daarts.org). or visit the website at  www.daarts.org.




September 23, 2021
5:30 pm
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