CultureMAX 2017 Awardees Announced
SEVEN HONOREES TO RECEIVE
2017 CULTUREMAX AWARDS
November 14 at The Warner Theatre
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council will honor seven awardees at the 4th Annual CultureMAX Awards Event on Tuesday, November 14 from 5:30 – 8 pm at The Warner Theatre in Torrington, CT. The annual event was established to celebrate the inspiring works and contributions that various people, organizations and businesses have made, and to educate the region’s community about the positive forces that impact their cultural environment.
The 2017 recipients to be recognized through this regional recognition event are: Susan Becker Aziz of Bantam in the Artist category – she has designed and fabricated costumes and sets for theater and dance in Litchfield County and beyond for over 25 years; Adam Atkins of Harwinton and who teaches at The Gilbert School in Winsted, in the Art Educators category – he has taught music at The Gilbert School for over 27 years, and also teaches adults through several community vocal music groups he has established; Mark McEachern of Torrington in the Heritage Professional category – he is an historian and history advocate who leads the Torrington Historical Society and who has had a key role in valuable region-wide programs and city-wide preservation and promotional efforts; Ellen Paul of Warren in the Volunteer category – she has gone way above and beyond in her volunteer capacity at Warren Historical Society, inspiring many others to do the same; TheatareWorks New Milford in the Cultural Organization category – the company has produced high quality musicals and dramas and ensures that audiences have access to both attend and participate in their various programs; and Torrington Savings Bank in the Culture-Loving Business category – a business that has generously supported numerous cultural organizations and which is artist-friendly on several levels. There will also be a Lifetime Achievement Award presented to artist Tim Prentice from Cornwall for his far-reaching creativity and endless encouragement and support of artists and cultural organizations region-wide.
Michael Price, Chairman of the Arts Advisory Council on Culture and Tourism for Connecticut's Department of Economic Development, and former executive director producer of Goodspeed Opera House, will start the presentations off for the evening celebrations on November 14. Steve Criss, chairman of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council’s board of directors, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. The event is sponsored by Thomaston Savings Bank, Litchfield Distillery, with support from Northwest Community Bank, Aquarion Water Company and The Warner Theatre.
The CultureMAX Awards to be presented this year will be seven one-of-a-kind glass globe sculptures created by Nunwell Glass of Limerock, CT. Nunwell Glass is the collaborative identity of glass makers Andrew Pyle and Leslie French. They have been making glass together since 1986. As a glass making team they share responsibility. Andrew’s interest is in the silhouette and so he does most of the blowing and shaping; whereas Leslie loves color so she combines the colors and manipulates the various decorative elements. They have created a number of custom awards and gifts over the years, including for Lime Rock Park’s Historic Car Festival.
“I am thrilled with the panels’ selection this year. Every year, the panel has a very challenging selection to make the in the various categories. Although I do not get a vote, listening in on the discussion made me appreciate, even more, all the people who work on behalf of the cultural sector in our region,” explained Amy Wynn, executive director of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. The panelists this year were Margaret Smith, Maggie Gardner, John Favreau and Louise Manteufel. “There are so many people and institutions in this corner of Connecticut who are making a huge difference for our community and we look forward to recognizing more of them each year,” Wynn added.
Just prior to the CultureMAX cocktail hour, the Arts Council welcomes everyone to a free Symposium that will discuss and to put into context the results of the Arts & Economic Prosperity Study 5 data results for Northwest Connecticut. The Symposium will also occur on November 14th at the Warner Theatre, and will begin at 3:45 pm. Attendees are asked to register for the Symposium through the CultureMAX ticket portal, or by contacting the Arts Council.
The annual CultureMAX awards were established in 2014 by the Arts Council to recognize artists (inclusive of all disciplines), heritage professionals, cultural organizations, volunteers and businesses that have elevated the stature of arts and/or heritage within the region of northwest Connecticut.
Tickets for the CultureMAX Awards event are $25 for Council members and $30 for regularly priced tickets. Group tickets are available at the member rate. Tickets can be purchased at CultureMAX17.eventbrite.com or by calling the Arts Council at (860) 618-0075. For more information about the CultureMAX awards event go to www.culturemax.org and for information about the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council’s services visit www.artsnwct.org or call (860) 618-0075 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.