Winners of Cleveland Arts Prize to be Honored This Week

[image-1]The winners of this year’s Cleveland Arts Prize (CAP) will be honored during the 56th Annual Cleveland Arts Prize Awards Event presented by the Cleveland Foundation at 7 p.m. this Thursday, June 30. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Performances will take place throughout the ceremony in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium, and a reception will follow from approximately 8 to 9:30 p.m. in CMA’s Ames Family Atrium.

"I love working with our program creative team,” says CAP Executive Director Alenka Banco. “Dan Moulthrop, Jeff Hagan and Tom Welsh have great energy together. I have no doubt the guests will be entertained. In addition to several performances we will be showcasing two new films. Our filmmaker Ted Sikora does an amazing job reflecting the personality of the artist."

The Cleveland Arts Prize is the oldest award of its kind in the United States, recognizing local individual artists and arts advocates with special awards. Currently the Cleveland Arts Prize awards $10,000 to two emerging artists, two mid-career artists and one lifetime achievement award (as well as three special prizes that don’t include cash awards).

Winners include: Emerging Artists John Elliott (Music) and Dave Lucas (Literature), Mid-Career Artists Kristen Cliffel (Visual Arts) and Liza Grossman (Music), Lifetime Achievement Awardee Mary Verdi-Fletcher (Theatre and Dance), as well as special prize recipients William Boehm (Martha Joseph Prize), Dee Perry (Robert F. Bergman Prize) and Peter van Dijk, FAIA, CAP 1969 (2016 Special Honoree).

For the first time, this year’s awards ceremony is sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation. Their support includes admission for 100 Cleveland Metropolitan School District students to attend the awards ceremony. Earlier this year, the Cleveland Foundation announced a new arts initiative to provide “equitable access to mastery-based arts programs for underserved youth in the core city of Cleveland.”

"This year, we are proud to have the Cleveland Foundation serve as the presenting sponsor of the 56th Annual Cleveland Arts Prize Awards Event, which includes foundation support for 100 students from the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning to attend the ceremony," says CAP Board Chair Robert Maschke FAIA (CAP 2011).

Ronn Richard, President and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation adds, “We are proud to support the Cleveland Arts Prize, because the arts community in Greater Cleveland is our calling card to the world. By connecting our region’s youth with this year’s celebrated artists, we are helping to visualize a possible future for this next generation of talented, creative influencers.”

General Admission tickets are $75 per person ($35 cash deductible) and include the ceremony, reception and a cash bar. VIP tickets are $250 ($175 cash deductible) and include everything mentioned previously, as well as priority seating, complimentary valet parking at the CMA’s front entrance and an open bar at the reception.

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