Cultural Award Winners Announced | Families
Macon Arts Alliance has announced its 2013 Cultural Awards winners.
The honorees will be presented their awards at 6 p.m., Oct. 15 at the historic Douglass Theatre in downtown Macon.
The honorees are:
- Marianna Gebara, managing director of Nutcracker of Middle Georgia. She has been an integral part of the production since 1985, when she was a member of the founding group.
- Janice Brice. She has served in a multitude of roles and been an integral part of the cultural fabric of the area, the news release stated. Brice has served as the treasurer of the Central Georgia Opera Guild and the Macon Concert Association. She has been a board member of Macon Arts Alliance and was instrumental in bringing the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD to the Douglass Theatre.
- Kathleen "Kam" Cook. Her civic involvement has included numerous organizations such as the Crawford County Historical Society, Crawford County Kiwanis Club, History Club of Macon, Macon Heritage Foundation (now Historic Macon Foundation), and the Museum of Arts and Sciences.
- Kenneth Hammond has been called a "town crier" for the arts, or a "pied piper," the news release stated. He has a personal email list with which he shares regular updates about local arts and cultural events and personal invitations to attend. He convenes groups of friends to attend local events, and spreads the word about what's happening however he can.
- Macon Film Festival. Macon is quickly becoming known throughout the state, and the country, as a place to make movies. From "42" to "Need for Speed" to "Trouble with the Curve," Hollywood has taken notice. There's no question that the Macon Film Festival has been a driving force behind Macon's introduction into the film industry, the news release states.
- Claire Smith and Nancy Shurling. Each has made significant contributions on an individual basis, but their work together has had an impact on the Museum of Arts and Sciences that will live on for years to come, the news release stated. They were the co-chairs of the 2007 event that inspired the annual event known as the Festival of Trees Luncheon.
- Gina Ward. She has been the manager of the Historic Douglass Theatre in Downtown Macon since 2003. She is responsible for every aspect of the theater including keeping the seats filled through regular performances, musical events, political forums, family gatherings and film presentations. She does this all while maintaining a historic facility that requires special projects, upgrades and repairs.