The Arts Council of New Orleans held its 36th annual “Community Arts Awards Patron Party” on September 24, hosted by the Windsor Court Hotel, followed by the “Awards Luncheon” on September 25 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Both events honored the 2012 recipients of the Community Arts Awards. With these awards, the Arts Council recognizes individuals, organizations and corporations that have made outstanding contributions to the arts in New Orleans.

The 2012 winners included: actor Wendell Pierce; Mardi Gras Indian Chief and composer Theodore Emile “Bo” Dollis; artist George Rodrigue; and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society for their high quality arts and education programs. The 2012 Chairman’s Award was presented to Dr. and Mrs. Isidore Cohn Jr.

Norman Robinson from WDSU was the Master of Ceremonies, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Director, William Andrews, was the special speaker. Guests were able to purchase glass, ceramic and wood art works by local artists, and 25 percent of the sales benefited the Arts Council. All proceeds from the event itself provide support for the Arts Council.

The Arts Council of New Orleans is a private nonprofit agency designated as the City of New Orleans’ official arts agency. The Arts Council works in partnership with the city, community groups, local, state and national governmental agencies and other nonprofit arts organizations and businesses to meet the arts and cultural needs of the greater New Orleans region through a diversity of initiatives and services. Programs offered by the Arts Council serve artists, arts organizations and businesses, as well as the general public.

Event at a Glance
What:  36th annual “Community Arts Awards Patron Party and Luncheon,” benefiting the Arts Council of New Orleans
When: Monday, September 24, and Tuesday, September 25
Where: Windsor Court Hotel and Hilton New Orleans Riverside