Heart of the Arts Awards


Save the Date! Monday, September 19, 2016

BCAC’s 11th

Heart of the Arts Awards Celebration

5pm Cocktails
6pm Dinner and Celebration!

Join BCAC and friends at the DoubleTree by Hilton® in Downtown Binghamton to honor

• HOTA Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr. Timothy G. Perry, Binghamton University music professor and Binghamton Community Orchestra musical director

• 2016 HOTA AwardsMargaret “Peg” Johnston, photographer and public arts advocate; Emily Jablon, mosaics artist, and Harold and Toby Jean Manker, program directors of the Phelps Mansion Museum.

• Great Performances!
• Great Food!
• Chances to win Original Artworks by Top Local Artists!
• A Party of, by, for and with the Movers, Creators, & Lovers of the ARTS in Broome County!

Performances by: Tim Perry & Pej Reitz, Cider Mill Playhouse, Binghamton Poetry Project, Binghamton Community Orchestra, Binghamton Youth Symphony EPAC Repertory Company, Madrigal Choir, Tri-Cities Opera and Bill Gorman.


Online sales have closed, but tickets will be available at the door for $55 (BCAC Members, $50).

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Recipients of the 2016 Heart of the Arts Awards

Tim Perry smDr. Timothy Perry
2016 Heart of the Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement
Selected for more than 30 years of contributions to the knowledge and enjoyment of music in our community and in our schools.  To quote his nomination form, Tim is “a local treasure.” He has just completed 30 years at Binghamton University, where he is Director of Orchestral Activities and Instrumental Conducting as well as Professor of Studio Clarinet.  He is active throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher and, along with pianist Pej Reitz, his frequent collaborator.  In addition, he served as a U.S. State Department cultural ambassador performing throughout South America.  But while citing all of Tim’s PROFESSIONAL accomplishments, his nominators chose to focus on his dedication to the AMATEUR musicians of Broome County.  From 1994 to 2004 and again from 2013 through the present, Tim has directed the Binghamton Community Orchestra.  Said one string player: “He’s brought the BCO from a reasonably good amateur orchestra to a whole new level — still a group of musicians who get together to make music just for the love of it, but also performing at a level on par with many professional orchestras….. He inspires musicians to play better than they ever dreamed possible.”
Photo by Stephen Appel Photography

Photo by Stephen Appel Photography

Emily Jablon
2016 Heart of the Arts Award
Emily was selected for her love of the community which is exemplified by the creation of the mosaic public installations that bring beauty throughout downtown Binghamton. She offers her nationally renowned talent as a mosaic artist and support to at-risk and underserved populations, including individuals with disabilities, runaways, and the homeless. Emily provides guidance and training in mosaics art throughout project development. She initiated the “Confluence Arts Project” empowering individuals with disabilities to create art in their communities, and has generously given of her time to curate community art shows, and to offer classes at various venues for special needs participants.


Peg Johnston 1Margaret (Peg) Johnston
2016 Heart of the Arts Award
Honored for bringing public art to the streets of Binghamton and making “blight the inspiration for art,” Peg was nominated for her critical role in “sparking” and continuing an arts renaissance in Binghamton. She has made this endeavor possible as a founding member of the Cooperative Gallery 213 on State Street and transforming that “derelict” block into the “State of the Art.” As one of the founders of the Department of Public Art, Peg was a driving force that brought about the Water Street “Birthplace of Virtual Reality Mural Project.” This successful project involved 50+ volunteers and culminated in four murals and more than 100 stencils illustrating the history of this site. Her leadership in the Mural Fest 2015, placed on boarded-up properties throughout Binghamton. Moreover, her ongoing “Blight is our Canvas” project brings artistic inspiration and hope to the area through art. Peg is a photographer and installation artist, an exhibitor of regional and national photographers, artist promoter and mentor, and creator of a community that fosters and values creativity.
Harold and Toby Jean Manker

Photo by Kate Murray

Harold & Toby Jean Manker
2016 Heart of the Arts Award
Honored for their diligent and successful accomplishment in registering and chartering the Phelps Mansion Museum as a “house museum” in compliance with the New York State Board of Regents. As Chair and Vice Chair of the Phelps Mansion Museum Board of Directors, they developed and implemented the museum’s strategic plan and recruited numerous volunteers and docents, while raising funds through grant writing.  As Program Directors, they created the chamber music series, “Chamber Music at the Phelps,” originally known as, “Second Sunday at the Phelps” and collaborated with the Binghamton University Music Department which brings programs for voice students and student composers downtown to the Phelps. In addition they collaborate with other non-profit organizations in presenting public programs ranging from a Chinese New Year celebration to a Downton Abbey preview.

Art Raffle tickets are available now!

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