BY JULIE VANDE ZANDE –
Each year the Arkansas Arts Council selects eight recipients for the Governor’s Arts Awards. This year, one of the awards recognized Sam and Barbara Tobias for the Arts Community Development Award because of their long-time work with our local Mena Art Gallery. Other recipients were:
Thom Hall, Little Rock, Lifetime Achievement Award
Art Porter Music Education, Inc., Little Rock, Arts in Education
Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP, Little Rock, Corporate Sponsorship of the Arts
Freda Cruise Hardison, Mountain View, Folklife Award
Reese Rowland, Little Rock, Individual Artist Award
Johnelle Hunt, Rogers, Patron Award
Max Elbo, Eureka Springs, Judges Recognition Award
Nominations from the public are sent to the Arkansas Arts Council and turned over to an independent panel of art professionals from around the state.
All awards were presented at a luncheon in Little Rock at the Governor’s Mansion in mid-March.