Friday October 9, 2015
Each year during National Arts & Humanities Month, Mayor Randy Roach honors those working in the arts by recognizing the contributions of the Lake Area’s creative workers, patrons, and artists to the region’s culture. Mayor Roach presents the awards to each recipient.
“Our community’s arts and cultural scene is phenomenal,” stated Ashli Waldrep, Arts Council Executive Director. “Many of our cultural workers often aren’t in the spotlight, and this is a perfect opportunity to really show them the community’s gratitude.”
Categories include Artist of the Year, Citizen of the Arts, Citizen of the Humanities, Arts Educator of the Year, Arts Organization of the Year, and Patron of the Year. The Keystone Award is also given to an individual who works diligently behind the scenes, without whom programs and performances would not be possible.
Congratulations to the 2014 Winners!
Artist of the Year: Fred Stark
Arts Organization of the Year: The Children’s Theatre Company
Patron of the Year: McDonald’s of Southwest Louisiana
Citizen of the Arts: Matt Young and Amanda White of the Quality of Life Task Force
Citizen of the Humanities: Trent Gremillion of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society
Arts Educator of the Year: Erik Jessen of Sowela
Keystone Award: Denver Kaufman of the Lake Charles Civic Center
Award winners are kept secret until the night of the ceremony. Mayor Roach also awards the winners of Art Associates Gallery’s annual juried art exhibition at this wonderful event.