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Arts Council seeks nominations for community arts awards

Arts Council Community Arts Awards nominations due by July 15


The Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) is seeking nominations for its 2023 Community Arts Awards, which honor individuals and organizations who are actively involved in promoting and enhancing the visual, performing and literary arts in the community through leadership, support and advocacy, DAAC said in a news release.

The deadline to submit a nomination packet is 5 p.m. on Friday, July 15.

Awards will be presented at DAAC’s 36th annual Community Arts Awards reception. The date, time and location are to be announced, DAAC said.

Nomination forms are available on-line at www.daarts.org, by calling 575-523-6403 or by emailing gallery@daarts.org.

Award categories include The Papen Family Award; the Newcomer Award; the Arts in Education Award, Community Arts Award (individual or organization); Art in Public Places; and the Cultural Heritage and Development Award.

The Papen Family Award honors an individual who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to the arts through leadership, service and/or financial support. The award, originally called the Mesilla Valley Treasure Award, and later, The Julie Papen Arts Patron Award, was renamed in 1997 to honor the late State Senator Frank Papen of Las Cruces and the Papen family, “whose dedicated leadership, involvement and support of the arts has so richly benefited our community,” DAAC said.

Past winners include former New Mexico State Rep. J. Paul Taylor, former Las Cruces Mayor Ruben Smith, Joe Denk, Carolyn Bunch, J. Bruce Streett, Bill Clark, Glenn and Sally Cutter, Heather Pollard, Denise Chavez, Mark Medoff, Irene Oliver-Lewis, Keith Wilson, Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, Jo-an Smith, Jim Shearer, Nancy Ritchie, Kathleen Squires, Tom and Jerean Hutchinson, Kent Jacobs and Sally Ritter and Norman Todd.

The Newcomer Award recognizes leadership and support of the arts by an individual who has lived in Doña Ana County for fewer than five years.

Past recipients include Cheryl Thornburg, S. Derrickson Moore, Lonnie Klein, Laurel Weathersbee, Cheryl and Brian Fallstead, Cynthia Garrett, Nan Rubin, Marisa Sage, Cruces Creatives and artist Sonya Fe.

The Arts in Education Award recognizes an individual whose leadership and pioneering spirit promote and shape visual, performing, and literary arts education initiatives.

Past recipients include Bonnie Hosie, John Schutz, Terry Alvarez, Leslie Kowalski, Constance Hasapopoulos Suter, Raul Dorn, Debra Knapp, Diane Schutz, Laurie Norman, Oscar Butler, Rene Palomares and Geri Brink and Paul Hallsted, Children’s Reading Foundation of Doña Ana County, Sherry Doil-Carter, Tim Staley, Jan Archey, Sally Quillin and Wayne Huber.

The Community Arts Award recognizes an individual or business whose motivation, service and example have made a marked impact on the cultural life of the community.

Past recipients are Bob Burns, Bob and Yvette Peticolas, Kevin and Michelle Self, Jose Tena, Bob Diven, Jerry Ann Alt, Ceil and Peter Herman, Jim Billings, The Border Book Festival/The Cultural Center of Mesilla, Roy van der Aa and Robin Baxa, Jaki and David McCollum, Mike Groves, The Potter’s Guild, Doug Roby, the American Southwest Theatre Company, GFWC Progress Club of Las Cruces and Olin Calk, St. Clair Winery, Flo Hosa Dougherty and the Las Cruces Sun-News, Russ Smith, Megan McQueen, ArtForms, Ron Saltzman, Kathleen Albers and Florence Hamilton.

The Art in Public Places Award recognizes an individual who has created or placed art on permanent public view within Doña Ana County that exemplifies the highest standards and commitment to art in public places.

Past recipients include the City of Las Cruces and the New Mexico Department of Transportation, Tracy Jamison, Zandra Santanova, Ken Barrick, Jackie Clark, Anthony Pennock, Glenn Schwaiger, Las Esperanzas, The Honorable Judge Robert C. Brack, Kelley S. Hestir, Joyce Macrorie,

Jess Williams, Rebecca Courtney, Kathy Morrow, and the Las Cruces City Public Art Board.

The Cultural Heritage and Development Award recognizes an individual or group organization which has preserved and promoted the culture and heritage of the Mesilla Valley through artistic and creative endeavors. Recipients of this award include David Chavez and Ariana Parsons.