Missouri Arts Council selects recipients of 2014 Missouri Arts Awards


Release Date: 11/05/2013
Contact: Amy Susan,  (573) 522-5058


JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Arts Council selected the recipients of the 2014 Missouri Arts Awards. Individuals, organizations, and communities are recognized in the six categories of Arts Education, Arts Organization, Creative Community, Individual Artist, Leadership in the Arts, and Philanthropy.

•    Arts Education:  Margaret Meg Bourne Hulsey, Joplin
Founder and executive director of Art Feeds, a program established in 2009 to bring creative education and therapeutic art that mobilizes healing free of cost to Joplin students and schools.
•    Arts Organization:  University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance
Educational community that reaches nearly 3,000 students in university and community programs, and thousands of residents in Kansas City with dozens of concerts and artistic collaborations.
•    Creative Community:  City of Kansas City
A cultural landscape more vibrant than ever with burgeoning local arts organizations, the spectacular new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and the Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts.
•    Individual Artist:  Sabra Tull Meyer, Columbia
Sculptor of several hundred works in bronze including more than 70 public works in Missouri alone, such as the Corps of Discovery monument and Hall of Famous Missourians busts at the Capitol.
•    Leadership in the Arts:  Peter Sargent, Webster Groves
Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Webster University since 1995, resident lighting designer of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis for nearly four decades, advocate for the arts and arts education.
•    Philanthropy:  Terry Brewer (Dr.), Rolla
Owner and president of Brewer Science whose generosity supports both local and visiting theatrical, musical, and visual arts events in his community on a level comparable to large metropolitan areas.

“This is the 31st annual honor for individuals and organizations that have made profound and lasting contributions to the cultural and artistic legacy of the state,” said Beverly Strohmeyer, executive director.
The awards will officially be presented in a ceremony on February 5, 2014, in the Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City. The honorees will receive original glass art created by glass and ceramics artist Michelle H. Hamilton of St. Louis.

Awards recipients are selected from public nominations by an independent panel of Missouri citizens who are distinguished representatives of the arts community throughout the state.  The 2014 panelists are as follows:

•    Cynthia Cartwright, chair; vice chair of Missouri Arts Council and Trust Board
•    Jo Anne Grey, St. Joseph; arts advocate
•    Marie Hunter, Columbia; arts advocate (2010 Leadership in the Arts Award)
•    Ben Martin, Lee’s Summit; executive director, Missouri Alliance for Arts Education
•    Karen Millsap, Mount Vernon; president; Mount Vernon Regional Arts Council (2013 Arts Organization Award)
•    Betty Schaper-Fridley, Farmington; retired executive director, Mineral Area Arts Council (2011 Leadership in the Arts Award)
•    Gerry Welch, Webster Groves; Mayor (2013 Creative Community Award)

About the Missouri Arts Council:

The Missouri Arts Council is a division of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The council provides support to nonprofit organizations through grants that meet our strategic goals:

•    Increase participation in the arts in Missouri
•    Grow Missouri’s economy using the arts
•    Strengthen Missouri education through the arts

The Missouri Arts Council awards grants to organizations to stimulate the growth, development, and appreciation of the arts in Missouri. This funding makes possible quality arts programming to communities throughout Missouri. In addition to financial assistance, the Missouri Arts Council provides expertise in community development, fundraising, marketing, grant writing, arts education, artistic disciplines (visual arts, music, literature, theater, dance, festivals, and film/media), and more.

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