2013 Governor's Arts Awards winners announced

Governor's Arts Awards recognizes individuals and organizations for contributions to Oklahoma's arts and culture.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: October 10, 2013
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Marjorie Bontemps, Tulsa; Russell Crosby, Sapulpa; Thamazin Harrison, Alva; Anita Caldwell Jackson, McAlester; Mary Blankenship Pointer, Oklahoma City; and Dwane Taylor, Yukon, with the Community Service Award, honoring individuals for significant contributions to the arts in specific Oklahoma communities in the areas of leadership and volunteerism.

Debby Williams, Norman, with the George Nigh Public Service in the Arts Award for an Oklahoma government official or entity for outstanding support of the arts.

Paul Moore, with a Special Recognition Award for an individual or organization that has made a unique contribution in support of the arts.

Jeannette Sias, Edmond, with the Marilyn Douglass Memorial Award that recognizes an outstanding Arts Council member.

Executive Director Amber Sharples said in the news release that the Oklahoma Arts Council is pleased to honor a diverse group of individuals and organizations representing communities throughout the state.

“From longtime volunteers who wear multiple hats in order to make the arts possible in their communities to a foundation that has helped transform an entire urban center, this year's honorees exemplify the many facets of a strong Oklahoma arts industry,” she said.

A reception on the Capitol's first floor will follow the awards ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.