Video from the 2017 Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony June 7 is now available on the City's YouTube channel. The program is also being aired on 5 CITY-TV, the City's government access channel. The video of the program includes short interview segments with all 16 award winners. The full length interviews are also available on the City website.
"I had the honor of interviewing all the winners, and those interviews were then edited to shorter segments of two to three minutes for the event," said Diane Gonzolas, Manager of the Citizen Information Center. "The full interviews were so interesting, we wanted to share the longer complete versions with the public. One of the highlights, for example, is Kimmel Award winner Maria Nazos reading her poem "Cape Cod Pantoum" that was published last fall in The New Yorker."
The Mayor's Arts Awards is presented annually by the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC). More information is available at the LAC website, artscene.org.
The event program also includes a trumpet performance by youth award-winner Jonah Kelly, accompanied by pianist Vince Learned. The theme of this year's event was "Wizard of Arts," and the emcee was Dwayne "D-Wayne" Taylor, a local public speaker, actor and beat boxer. The event sponsors were Farmers Mutual of Nebraska (in memory of Byron Boslau) and Talent Plus. This was the first year that the event was held at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The Lincoln Arts Council will begin accepting nominations for the 2018 Mayor's Arts Awards at the end of this year. This year's honorees were: