Story last updated at 1/25/2012 - 12:21 pm
JUNEAU - The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council has announced the selection of the recipients for the Fifth Annual Mayor's Awards for the Arts, to be presented at the Wearable Arts Extravaganza on Feb. 12 at Centennial Hall. Recipients include Dan Hopson, Nancy Lehnhart and Mimi Walker Medenica, Alaskan Brewing Co., Lucid Reverie Creative Design, Guy "Buddy" Tabor, Bruce Simonson and Big Carillo.
Musician, classical guitarist and music teacher Hopson has been an integral part of the music community in Juneau since 1970. He teaches guitar at the University of Alaska Southeast and performs regularly at the Gold Room in the Baranof Hotel. He served on the JAHC Board of Trustess for six years and continues as a weekly volunteer. He just released his first CD, "Solo Classical Guitar."
Through the work of Elementary Art Specialist team Lehnhart and Medenica, the Elementary Art program at the Juneau School District has provided teachers with the tools necessary to integrate the arts into their daily instruction in the classroom. Their goal: "All elementary students in the Juneau School District will experience art as a part of their everyday learning. They will have regular instruction in visual art as a core curriculum subject and they will be given opportunities to learn other curriculum subject areas through integrated art experiences."
From their use of artwork on their labels to their generous support of arts organizations and other charitable organizations in town, Alaskan Brewing Co. epitomizes the ideal corporate citizen in our community. In addition to offering their finely crafted beers to help raise funds for the arts, the company encourages their staff members to be active volunteers, serve on not-for-profit boards and participate in arts activities.
Lucid Reverie is a small local business established in 2002, initially working in video production, web and graphic design, serving organizations and businesses across the state. Their work has expanded to include Alaska Robotics short films and comics, development of The Ruby Room gallery, the Juneau Underground Motion Picture Society and the Alaska Short Forum encouraging Alaskan filmmakers, and collaborations with Smack of Jellyfish.
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Tabor, a singer/songwriter, has been based in Juneau since 1967. A favorite at Alaska Folk Festival for decades, he has nine albums to his credit. His song "Medicated Family" inspired a series of live performances in Folsom Prison over a period of years, performances which Buddy describes as a spiritual calling, and an act of compassion.
Simonson has demonstrated long-standing, extraordinary commitment to the musical life in Juneau and to our community itself. His heart-and-soul involvement is seen in the time, effort and money that he has devoted to the many facets of his musical passion. He founded, funded, directs and produces the Juneau Bach Society concerts, performs in the Juneau Symphony, volunteers in the school music programs, and collaborates with the Alaska Youth Choir as well as other arts groups. He designed, funded built, and helped install the reflective "clouds" at Juneau Douglas High School Auditorium to improve the acoustics there.
Carillo stops in at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center almost daily to see if anything needs doing, using his expertise as an electrician and builder to help keep things going. He is responsible for the lighting on the outside of the wall. He builds Hit the JACC Putt holes, and passes the bases along to others to use in the future. He helps with the Wearable Art shows every year. In addition to his work for the Council he is a long time Big Brother and a tireless fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters. He sees a need and just steps in without being asked. His dedication to the arts, and to his community, as a volunteer and patron is unmatched.