The Akron Area Arts Alliance hosted its 2013 Arts Alive Awards Celebration on Sunday evening at Summit Artspace in Akron, to honor local artists and art supporters alike.
“It’s the arts that color our world. Without the arts, we’d be a blank canvas,” said event chair Brenda Cummings. She added, “The arts add the creativity, the color and the cool to our lives.”
This was the seventh Arts Alive celebration, held every two years to present nine awards. This year’s theme was Arts Color Our World. Magical Theater Company director Dennis O’Connell was the master of ceremonies and presented the awards.
Winners were Dorothea Barlowe, Outstanding Visual Artist; Kurt Reed, Outstanding Artist in Music; Jacqueline Tinnemeyer, Rising Young Star/Leadership; Joan Colbert, Arts Volunteer; Gayle and David Noble, Arts Patron; Docs Who Rock, Collaborative Arts Project; Andrea Shearer, Arts Educator; Akron Symphony Orchestra and GroundWorks Dance Theatre, Arts Outreach; and Mitchell Kahan, Lifetime Achievement.
“This organization [the Arts Alliance] has been the incubator for a lot of new arts groups to start out,” said Walt Heeney, who attended with his wife, Gwen.
John Crawford shared a table with Pete and Kathryn Mihelick, Joseph and Eileen Tecza, Cindy Stillings, and Andrea and Branton Shearer. Mingling and chatting in the crowd were Allyson Ford, Jon Fiume, Holly Barkdoll, Terry Gordon, Michael Gaffney and Michael Murphy.
Marlene and Eric Czetli came to support longtime friend Kahan, the retired longtime director of the Akron Art Museum who was this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. “This is important because, as human beings, language and creativity make us who we are,” said Arnie Tunstall, the museum’s collections manager.
The Akron Area Arts Alliance was founded in 1991 by arts advocates Ann Amer Brennan and Mary Ann Jackson.