|June 29, 2012
Redmond, WA – The City of Redmond recently recognized nine individuals who began a legacy of culture and creativity in Redmond as part of the 2012 Redmond Arts Awards ceremony. The 2012 Awards celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Redmond Arts Commission by honoring the pioneering volunteers and city employees who established Redmond’s first arts program during an event held Friday, June 22, at Redmond Town Center. City Council President Pat Vache was on hand to pay tribute to the following individuals:
The First Arts Commissioners: Ceil Church, Gordon Gray, Rick Heier, Dr. Evelyn Kest (posthumous honor), Cheryll Leo-Gwin, Jacqueline Sorensen Pinch and Sam Weirbach.
Melna Skillingstead, Redmond’s first Arts Program Manager
The Honorable Doreen Marchione, former Mayor of Redmond
The Redmond Arts Commission was established in 1987 to champion arts and culture in Redmond. For a quarter century, the commission has been building community through the support of audiences, artists and arts organizations in Redmond.
“Art enhances all our lives by giving a powerful voice and reflection to our humanity. Art inspires innovation and economic vitality, fosters tourism, and gives our children the critical thinking and creative skills they need to lead in a 21st Century workplace” Said Mayor John Marchione. “This year’s recipients reflect a legacy of creativity in Redmond and our commitment to helping all enjoy and participate in the arts."
The 2012 Redmond Arts Awards was held in conjunction with the Redmond Town Center Arts Festival, a free community arts festival that featured art demonstrations and workshops, live performances and arts and crafts from many of the Northwest’s top artisans.
For information about the City of Redmond Arts Program, visit www.redmond.gov/Arts
For information about the Redmond Arts Commission, visit www.redmond.gov/artscommission
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