2019 Druid Arts Awards Winners Announced

2019 Druid Arts Awards Winners Announced Arts Council of Tuscaloosa

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will recognize artists, educators, volunteers and patrons of the arts at the 23rd Druid Arts Awards ceremony on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Bama Theatre. The winners and their families will be honored at a reception at the theatre’s Greensboro Room at 6 p.m. with the awards presented at 7 p.m. in the theatre.

Admission to the reception and ceremony is $10, and the deadline to purchase tickets in person or reserve by phone is March 18 at 5 p.m. Call 758-5195, exts. 3, 4, or 6 or visit The Arts Council office at 614 Greensboro Avenue in the PARA Building for tickets. Checks and credit cards will be accepted with no ticket sales taking place the evening of the awards ceremony. Tickets will only be available for pick-up at will call.      

In founding and perpetuating the Druid Arts Awards, The Arts Council determined that local citizens who were working as volunteers, artists, educators and corporate sponsors was very large and growing.  The Council also realized that the work of these individuals as well as supportive businesses was not often publicly recognized.  It was for this reason that the Druid Arts Awards were established, and it has become a bi-annual presentation to honor these special individuals who have achieved distinction in the arts over a number of years in Tuscaloosa County.

Three nominations- volunteer, artist, and educator- were requested from the community in each of the categories of music, visual arts, dance, literature, and theatre. Nominations were also requested for Patron of the Arts, Corporate Sponsor, Tuscaloosa’s Home Grown and Special Awards. Tuscaloosa’s Home Grown was established to honor those native to Tuscaloosa who have become recognized in their field on a national/international level. Individuals or groups who have contributed to or supported the arts through actions outside of the aforementioned categories are honored with a Special Award. Nominations were submitted by citizens of Tuscaloosa County, and a committee comprised of members of The Arts Council Board of Directors made the final selections.

2019 Winners:

Theatre

Artist – George Thagard

Educator – Sara Margaret Cates

Volunteer – Betty Meadows

 

Music

Educator – Dr. Kevin Chance

 

Visual Arts

Artist - Mortimer Jordan

Volunteer - Ed Enoch

 

Dance

Artist – Mims McKee

Educator –Morgan Williams

 

Literary Arts

Artist – Aileen Kilgore Henderson

Educator –Easty Lambert-Brown

 

Home Grown

Birch “Crimson Slide” Johnson

 

Patron of the Arts

Dr. Robert Olin

 

Corporate Sponsor of the Year

Hudson Poole Fine Jewelers

 

Special Awards

Dr. Jeffrey Schultz

Janelle Heinrich and Vanessa Jones

Al Head

Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama

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