The winners of the 2016 Mayor’s Arts Awards will be announced on Friday, November 4 at the Benjamin W. Mount Auditorium at Central Scool Arts & Humanities Center. Mayor Randy Roach will honor the recipients at an awards ceremony after announcing the winners. The event, which is free and open to the public is presented in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana.
Each year during National Arts & Humanities Month, Mayor Randy Roach honors those working in the arts by recognizing the contributions of the Lake Area’s creative workers, patrons, and artists to the region’s culture. Mayor Roach presents the awards to each recipient.
“Our community’s arts and cultural scene is phenomenal,” stated Ashli Waldrep, Arts Council Executive Director. “Many of our cultural workers often aren’t in the spotlight, and this is a perfect opportunity to really show them the community’s gratitude.”
Categories include Artist of the Year, Citizen of the Arts, Citizen of the Humanities, Arts Educator of the Year, Arts Organization of the Year, and Patron of the Year. The Keystone Award is also given to an individual who works diligently behind the scenes, without whom programs and performances would not be possible.
Award winners are kept secret until the night of the ceremony. Mayor Roach also awards the winners of Art Associates Gallery’s annual juried art exhibition at this wonderful event.