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The 37th 'Community Arts Awards' Honors Five Artists

Shawn and Ivy Barney with co-chair Amanda Winstead and Alex Beard

Photographed by Melissa Calico

The Arts Council of New Orleans held its 37th annual “Community Arts Awards” ceremony at the Contemporary Arts Center. The center served as the place where local creations were displayed and the artists honored on September 24. The nonprofit Arts Council works with other nonprofit arts societies in the greater New Orleans area to see that the important cultural needs of the city are met. The needs of appreciation and gratification are skillfully given to local creators through the reception of the Community Art Award at this annual celebration.

The Arts Council looks for living artists or cultural groups to award for their contributions, achievements, commitment and excellence in their craft. Five recipients, including actors, painters, photographers, dancers and curators, were honored this year. In addition, James Rivers accepted the Distinguished Accomplishment Award and Henri Schindler accepted the Distinguished Service Award.

The event was hosted by Master of Ceremonies Norman Robinson, who presented each talented honoree with the beautiful token of a unique award created by hand from local crafter Gogo Borgerding. Chairs Amanda Mantle Winstead and Meaghan Ryan Bonavita organized the celebrations, providing entertainment from Opera Creole, and complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for guests to dine on while appreciating the local art surrounding them. The patrons of this awards ceremony were also able to enjoy video documentary pieces produced by local filmmakers as a way for the Arts Council of New Orleans to continuing honoring and showcasing the local artists of this community.


Event at a Glance

What: 37th annual “Community Arts Awards,” benefiting The Arts Council of New Orleans
When:  Tuesday, September 24
Where: The Contemporary Arts Center

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