For the first time, the Mayor's Arts Awards will include a Winners' Reception following the dinner and awards program Wednesday, June 7. Mayor Chris Beutler and the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) will present the awards at Pinnacle Bank Arena, and the theme for this year's event is "Wizard of Arts." The Winners' Reception will be held on the outdoor Capital Terrace at the Arena, and a video featuring the award winners will be played on the Cube in the nearby Railyard. Doors will open at 8:15 p.m., and the cost is $10 per person. No reservations are required. A cash bar will be available. (If the weather is bad, the reception will be held inside the Arena.)
A limited number of dinner reservations are still available. The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:15 and the awards program at 7:15. Tickets are $75, and those attending the dinner can attend the Winners' Reception for $5 with an advance purchase. To purchase tickets, contact the LAC at 402-434-2787.
Event sponsors are Talent Plus, Inc. and Farmers Mutual of Nebraska. This year's honorees are:
Outstanding Arts Organization: Angels Theatre Company, Sponsor: Art and Chris Zygielbaum
Artistic Achievement Award - Visual Arts: Amy Smith, Sponsors: Joe and Judye Ruffo
Artistic Achievement Award - Youth: Jonah Kelly, Sponsors: Annette and Jerry Hall
Artistic Achievement Award - Performing Arts: Richard Nielsen, Sponsors: Betsy and Bill Strain
Artistic Achievement Award - Literary Arts: Rex Walton, Sponsor: Commercial Investment Properties
Gladys Lux Education Award: Dr. Robert Hillestad, Endowed by the Gladys Lux Foundation
The Legacy of the Arts Award: Robert Hall, Sponsor: Legacy Retirement Communities
Heart of the Arts Award: Dean Settle, Sponsor: Runza® National
The ArtScene Backstage Award: Brad Buffum, Sponsor: Avery Woods
Outstanding Event Award: Hildegard Center for the Arts - "Standing Bear - A Ponca Indian Cantata" by Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate, Sponsors: Kathy and Marc LeBaron
Benefactor of the Arts Award: Phil Perry, Sponsor: Pinnacle Bank
Lincoln Community Foundation Arts for Kids Award: Kevin Clark, Clark Architects Collaborative 3, Sponsor: Lincoln Community Foundation.
Mayor's Choice Award: "Puddin' and the Grumble" by Becky Boesen and David von Kampen and the Grumble Project, Sponsor: Cline, Williams, Wright, Johnson & Oldfather LLP
Enersen Urban Design Award: "P" Street District Improvements, Sponsor: The Clark Enersen Partners
Kimmel Foundation Emerging Artist Awards: Maria Nazos and Michael Villarreal, Sponsors: Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation.
The awards presented to the winners are being created by Christian Scott, who was featured as an Emerging Artist at LAC's Lincoln Arts Festival in 2016. Festival judges presented him with the "Best of Nebraska" award.
The emcee will be DeWayne Taylor, a UNL student, public speaker, actor and beatboxer. "D-Wayne" was featured in the award-winning production of "Puddin' and the Grumble." His website is dewaynetaylor.com.