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Nominations accepted for Mayor’s Arts Awards

Last Modified: Wednesday, September 05, 2012 7:51 PM

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The Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana and the city of Lake Charles are accepting nominations for the 2012 Mayor’s Arts Awards. The presentations will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the Benjamin W. Mount Auditorium at the Central School Arts and Humanities Center.

Categories include Artist of the Year, Citizen of the Arts, Citizen of the Humanities, Arts Educator of the Year, Cultural Organization of the Year and Business/Corporate 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.

Mayor Randy Roach, who is an avid arts supporter, gives out the awards each year.

Abbie Fletcher was selected as the 2011 Keystone Award recipient for her work with the Louisiana Choral Foundation.

Last year’s winners included Sue Zimmermann for Artist of the Year, Knight Media Printing for Corporate Patron of the Year and the McNeese Banners Cultural Series and Lake Charles Civic Ballet, which shared the Arts Organization of the Year honor.

Those who wish to nominate an organization, individual or group should send a letter providing the nominator’s name and full contact information, along with the name of the nominee, a statement of why that person/group/organization is being nominated and the contact information for the nominee.

You may mail your nomination to the Arts and Humanities Council at P.O. Box 1437, Lake Charles, LA, 70602. You may also e-mail your nomination to or fax to 439-8009. All nominations must be received in the Arts Council office no later than Friday, Sept. 14. For more information about the awards, call the Arts Council at 439-2787.

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