PUBLISHED: 4:36 PM on Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Contributors of the arts receive first Mayor's Awards
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council announces the selection of the recipients for the first Mayor's Awards for the Arts, to be presented at a fund-raising luncheon aboard the Island Princess sponsored by Princess Cruises on Thursday, Aug. 9.

• Volunteer/Patron of the Arts: Susan FitzGerald, long-time volunteer for Juneau Jazz & Classics, long-time arts supporter and leader in public radio arts support and advocacy.

• Business Leadership in the Arts: Annie Geselle, Director of the Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery, for her vision and hard work to expand the REACH Day Habilitation art program into a community-wide fine arts studio and arts center.

• Artist: Heather Haugland and Antonio Diaz, for their contributions to the dance community, including teaching, working with young people, performances, formation of dance groups and creation of the annual DanceFest in collaboration with International Folkdancers.

• Innovative Application of the Arts: Albert Aspen, who developed "Our Auntie's House," an arts and crafts program started as part of a wellness program through Tlingit & Haida Central Council, and continued now through volunteer efforts because of the many and significant benefits it brings to so many people in the community.

• Arts in Education: Lorrie Heagy, for her dedication, vision, and work to develop art programs in the schools, including the ballroom dance programs for elementary children, inspiring and enthusing children and their families.

Honorees will receive their awards at a luncheon aboard the Island Princess on Aug. 9, at 11:45 p.m.

Tickets for the luncheon are $25, available through the Arts Council offices, or by calling 586-2787. Tickets must be purchased by July 31, in order to complete the required security clearance to board the vessel.