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Photo by Judy S. Rosenthal

Photo by Judy S. Rosenthal

2014 Arts Awards winners are….

We at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven are excited to announce the winners of the 2014 Arts Awards, the theme for which is “Small City, Big Art,” a nod to creativity’s ability to transcend geography and offer boundless inspiration.

Newton Schenck III Award for Lifetime Achievement in and Contribution to the Arts. Having literally changed the skylines of cities around the world, architect Cesar Pelli’s presence in New Haven has inspired us to look up, to think big, and to celebrate the visionary work that happens in our small city each and every day.

With her compelling documentaries, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Karyl Evans has masterfully shared with us stories of the extraordinary treasures and institutions that have contributed so much to the region’s rich cultural history.

Through her work at the Elm City Dance Collective and elsewhere, dancer, choreographer, and educator Kellie Ann Lynch has invigorated the local dance community, challenging both the artists with whom she shares the stage and those who experience the yield of her expression.

For decades, arts champion Barbara Pearce has promoted New Haven as a small city whose cultural offerings make it much larger, contributing her time, energy, and impassioned leadership to beloved organizations while insisting that each institution’s strength bolsters the health of the region’s cultural ecology.

Winfred Rembert’s artwork, practiced and developed in the harshness of a Georgia prison cell, recalls his often brutal experiences as an African-American man in the Deep South, providing for us not just a glimpse into the darkness of our nation’s history, but the story of one man’s courageous journey toward a brighter future.

Coordinated by Peter Noble, Pequenas Ligas Hispanas de New Haven is an organization that serves as a bridge to important cultural experiences, connecting young people who might otherwise not have access to the arts with programs that foster creativity and greatly enhance lives.

The December issue of The Arts Paper will include detailed biographical information about the 2014 Arts Awards winners. The 2014 Arts Awards luncheon is scheduled for Friday, December 5, at 11:45 a.m., at the New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Ave., in New Haven. For more information call the Arts Council at (203) 772-2788.

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