2006 Third Annual Heart of the Arts Awards Celebration

Sunday, September 10, 2006
3:00 pm The Forum Theatre, Binghamton

*Awards Ceremony. Featured performances by Claus Evans of Cider Mill Playhouse, The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton and more. Silent Auction. Post-Awards Reception in The Forum Theatre Recital Hall, catered by Number 5 Restaurant. Proceeds benefit the United Cultural Fund Grant Program of the Broome County Arts Council

Tickets $35 per person
To reserve tickets (checks/cash only)
e-mail: info@bcartscouncil.com or call 607-723-4620 Ext. 302

2006 Award Title Sponsors —
Coughlin & Gerhart, L.L.P. ~ IBM Corporation
Sentry Alarms ~ Frederick R. Xlander Law Offices

The Broome County Arts Council created the Heart of the Arts Award to honor those who have made significant contributions to the arts in Broome County during the past year. The Heart of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award honors those who have made significant LONG-TERM contributions to the arts in Broome County. Nominations are submitted by recipients of the BCAC’s United Cultural Fund Grants. Heart of the Arts Awards are decided by a vote of the BCAC membership — over 100 arts organizations and individual artists. Lifetime Achievement awards are decided by a vote of the BCAC Board of Directors. The Nominees for Heart of the Arts Awards and the Recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards are announced in advance. But it is not known until the awards celebration itself which three nominees have been chosen by their peers in the arts community for a Heart of the Arts Award.

The 2006 Heart of the Arts Award Nominees are:
Don DeMauro, Director of Spool MFG and Binghamton University Professor of Studio Arts. For transforming an abandoned Johnson City factory into a vast and vibrant art space, which, during the past year, has come into its own as a center for creative engagement with contemporary, multimedia art forms.

Patrick Foti, Founding Artistic Director of Endicott Performing Arts Center. For his instrumental role in establishing the EPAC Kids’ Theatre Workshop, EPAC Repertory Company, EPAC School for the Performing Arts and other successful training programs for hundreds of aspiring young performers, and, during the past year, for directing, choreographing, coordinating or overseeing no less than 16 EPAC productions, including the musicals “42nd Street” and “Grease”, the multi-media show “Sensory Perceptions”, and the original adaptation “The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust”.

Jeff Kahn, Musician and Owner of Cyber Café West. For creating a welcoming community venue for diverse forms of artistic expression, including local and nationally-known bands and, during the past year, the open mic poetry event “Youthphoria” , sponsored by the Mental Health Association for youth 21 and under; the outdoor music and arts festival “Westfest”, and a benefit talent show for Black History Month, featuring songs and poetry by local African American youth.

Peter Klosky, Director of Exhibitions, Roberson Museum and Science Center. For curatorial practice which makes visible important social and cultural issues, such as last year’s Transmigrations, a haunting, multimedia exhibition by three artists responding to acts of atrocity; and for his ability to fuse assiduous research with artistic instincts to develop exhibitions that tell delighted audiences more about artists than their works alone could ever do.

Larry Kassan, Technical Director, Founding Director of the Rod Serling Video Festival, and Director of Special Projects for the Binghamton City School District. For taking the Rod Serling Video Festival from a local to a national K-12 event for young filmmakers and videographers; for being a driving force for excellence in performing arts education and professional stage tech; and for spearheading innovative performance programs, such as 2005’s “All Wars Memorial Benefit Concert”, bringing together local artists and arts organizations in a common cause.

Tina Christina Price, Artistic Director of Ballet Arts Dance Company in Endicott. For her unswerving dedication to classical ballet; as a student from age 2; as a performer with international companies; as a choreographer creating ballets for dozens of local and regional arts groups; as a teacher of career dancers; as a performer for seasonal productions, such as “The Nutcracker”, and festivals, such as First Night Binghamton; and as a facilitator for projects that advance child development through movement and the power of dance, such as Binghamton University’s Sabrina Project for children with autism.

Liz Rosenberg, writer and Binghamton University Professor of English and Creative Writing. For her contributions to the literary arts, as a poet who won a 2006 Best American Poems Award, and whose work has appeared in dozens of poetry anthologies and national periodicals; as an educator who chaired the 2005 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature’’ and tutors locally with Literacy Volunteers; as an author whose novels include “The Carousel”, an award-winning story of a young girl’s love of the carousel horses at Binghamton’s Rec Park; and as a writer and editor anticipating publication of three new books – an anthology, a poetry volume, and a picture book.

Therese (Teri) Walsh, freelance writer and Soprano with The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton. For her invaluable volunteer contributions to The Madrigal Choir as a singer, as the group’s website builder and webmaster, and for her many feature articles written for the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin to promote the Choir’s concert seasons and experiences, including an article-in-progress about The Madrigal’ Choir’s respected assistant director, the late Richard Blake.