The 2014 Lumies Arts & Business Awards were presented at a celebration Friday night at the Tucson Museum of Art. More than 400 were expected to attend the event.
The awards, presented to artists, art patrons and art educators, are given to contributors to the Old Pueblo’s rich creative life.
There were 41 nominees in the 10 categories for the Tucson Pima Arts Council honor. Nominations are open to the public and a panel of judges chooses winners.
The award, now in its 13th year, comes in the form of a glass sculpture designed by Tom Philabaum and copious pats on the back for the work they do for the arts.
Artist Lifetime Achievement:
- Julie Gallego founder of Ballet Folklorico San Juan, choreographer and educator, has taught Tucson youth about folklorico dance and the Mexican culture for close to 30 years.
- Kimi Eisele artistic director of New ARTiculations Dance, teaches, writes and performs. She regularly collaborates with other Tucson artists and organizations, illuminating art’s role in a deeper understanding of each other and the community.
Established Arts Organization:
- The Loft Cinema which has kept art cinema alive and very well in the Old Pueblo, and has expanded our experience of film with festivals, visiting artists and community-wide activities.
Arts Educator: Photographer
- Josh Schacter is co-founder of the Finding Voice program at Catalina Magnet High School. His work with refugee and immigrant students from around the world has given them the opportunity to tell their stories, become settled in their new community and to produce impressive art.
Arts Education Program:
- Tucson Symphony Orchestra, which has an extensive education program that reaches more than 25,000 students and teachers a year. Among those are the Music in the Schools program, concerts for preschoolers and a workshop program for middle and high school bands and orchestras.
Arts Patron: There was a tie for this category —
- Karen Falkenstrom and Michael Kasser. Falkenstrom is co-founder of Kore Press, Tucson’s first women’s press, and is the outreach and production director of Okaiko Sonora, which performs and educates about the Japanese ensemble drumming. Kasser, founder and president of Holualoa Companies, is a member of the Arizona Theatre Company board of directors. Last year, his leadership, as well as his financial support, helped pull ATC out of a time so tumultuous it threatened to close the company.
David Hoyt Johnson Arts Administrator:
- Jennifer Nichols, a librarian with the Pima County Public Library, had this idea that the library launch a Youth Design Team project, which would work with youth to create a mobile media lab, a space to work in downtown and an online community. Her proposal won a $100,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
- General Growth Properties, which owns and operates the Tucson Mall and Park Place. Both centers have regular performing and visual arts as key activities at the centers.
Civic Partner: Developer
- Randi Dorman's leadership on the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson has been key in seeing it through a recession and settling into a new building.
Emerging Arts Organization:
- Artifact Dance Company is a contemporary dance company committed to merging other art disciplines, including original and live music, into its contemporary dance performances. It’s just six years old, but already its full-length works have won a solid audience here and brought invitations to perform in China.