Nominations accepted for Mayor’s Arts Awards

By Special to the American Press

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.