Archive for Friday, September 26, 1997


September 26, 1997


The annual awards recognize those who have made contributions to the arts and art education.

If you want to nominate someone for this year's Phoenix Awards, you need to get on the stick. The nominations must be received by the city manager's office by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

"We were really pleased by the number and quality of last year's (nominees), and we had a hard time making the decisions," said Carol Jones, chair of the Lawrence Arts Commission, which sponsors the Phoenix Awards.

Jones said those who were nominated last year and didn't win can be nominated again this year.

"I would encourage people to do that," she said.

The Phoenix Awards' goal is to draw attention to the relationship between the arts and the quality of life in Lawrence.

"There are several things we want to accomplish," Jones said. "We want to recognize people in the community who have made contributions to the arts, and we want to be as inclusive as possible, to recognize people who have achieved in all areas of the arts, and art education and art volunteering as well."

Any individual, organization or business can nominate Lawrence area artists in one or more of the following categories:

  • visual arts
  • performing arts
  • arts education
  • literary arts
  • musical arts
  • arts volunteer
  • Phoenix Award for Exceptional Artistic Achievement

Whenever appropriate, Jones said the arts commission also may create and give a special award to recognize a person whose contributions do not fit into one of these categories.

To make a nomination, use the form with this article or pick others up during business hours at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.; Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth; or the city manager's office in city hall, fourth floor, 6 E. Sixth.

A complete nomination must contain a description of the nominee, creative achievements, length of time and intensity of activity, leadership and contributions to the excellence and availability of the arts. Support materials can be attached to the form.

The Phoenix Awards winners will be honored with glass pieces created by Lawrence artist Dick Rector at 2 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Union Pacific Depot/Visitor Information Center, Locust and Second.

The public is invited to the ceremony, but seating may be limited.

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