Macon Arts Alliance Announces 2013 Cultural Award Winners

This year, the Macon Arts Alliance is honoring seven individuals and one organization for their notable and worthwhile contributions to Middle Georgia’s arts and cultural scene, and we are proud to be a part of such a vibrant, thriving community here in the midstate!

When the 2013 Cultural Awards are presented at the Douglass Theatre in downtown Macon on Tuesday, October 15, with a ceremony beginning at 6 pm, one of the honorees will receive the Rosalyn Elkan Lifetime Achievement Award, in celebration of her longtime work with our partner organization and community-wide holiday favorite, the Nutcracker of Middle Georgia.  Following the awards ceremony and annual meeting of the Arts Alliance, a reception will be held for guests in the front of the Douglass Theatre.

The 2013 Cultural Awards winners are as follows:

• Marianna Gebara, Rosalyn Elkan Lifetime Achievement Award, for her work with Nutcracker of Middle Georgia.  Gebara has been an integral part of Nutcracker of Middle Georgia since 1985, when she was a member of the founding group of ballet supporters.  She has subsequently served as a board member, officer and, since 2001, as managing director.

• Janice Brice.  Brice has been a patron of the arts in the midstate for many years, including her work in positions with the Central Georgia Opera Guild, the Macon Concert Association, Macon Arts Alliance and the Morning Music Club.

• Kathleen “Kam” Cook.  Cook’s active civic involvement has included organizations such as the Crawford County Historical Society, the Crawford County Kiwanis Club, History Club of Macon, the Macon Heritage Foundation (now Historic Macon Foundation), and the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

• Kenneth Hammond.  Hammond, who has been dubbed a “town crier” for the arts, continually updates those he knows about local arts and cultural events, and he actively convenes groups of friends to attend events.

• Claire Smith and Nancy Shurling.  Smith and Shurling were cited and commended for their work together that has benefitted the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

• Gina Ward.  Ward has been the manager of the Douglass Theatre since 2003, responsible for every aspect of the historic downtown Macon theater, from live musical events to film presentations.

• Macon Film Festival.  Created in 2006 as a project of the Cox Capitol Theatre, the film festival has grown to attract high-quality films and visits by prominent filmmakers, and has become a cultural mainstay for Macon each February.

Congratulations to our partners, friends, and neighbors, and as ever, thank you all for your hard work and dedication to our vibrant community!

Read more here, or join the celebration of culture and the arts in Macon-Bibb and Middle-Georgia at the 2013 Cultural Awards Ceremony at the Douglass Theatre on Tuesday, October 15, at 6:00 pm.