Macon Arts Alliance announces winners of 2013 Cultural Awards

Staff reportOctober 7, 2013 

The Macon Arts Alliance is honoring seven people and one organization this year for contributions to Middle Georgia’s arts and cultural scene.

One of the seven people will receive the Rosalyn Elkan Lifetime Achievement Award when the 2013 Cultural Awards are presented at the Douglass Theatre Oct. 15, beginning at 6 p.m.

A reception will follow the awards ceremony and annual meeting of the alliance.

The winners are:

• Marianna Gebara, Rosalyn Elkan Lifetime Achievement Award, for her work with Nutcracker of Middle Georgia. Gebara has been an integral part of Nutcracker of Middle Georgia since 1985, when she was a member of the founding group of ballet supporters. She’s served as a board member, officer and, since 2001, as managing director.

• Janice Brice. Brice has been a patron of the arts in the midstate for many years, including positions with the Central Georgia Opera Guild, the Macon Concert Association, Macon Arts Alliance and the Morning Music Club.

• Kathleen “Kam” Cook. Cook’s civic involvement has included organizations such as the Crawford County Historical Society, the Crawford County Kiwanis Club, History Club of Macon, the Macon Heritage Foundation (now Historic Macon Foundation), and the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

• Kenneth Hammond. Hammond, dubbed a “town crier” for the arts, continually updates those he knows about local arts and cultural events, and he convenes groups of friends to attend events.

• Claire Smith and Nancy Shurling. Smith and Shurling were cited for their work together that has benefitted the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

• Gina Ward. Ward has been the manager of the Douglass Theatre since 2003, responsible for every aspect of the theater, from musical events to film presentations.

• Macon Film Festival. Created in 2006 as a project of the Cox Capitol Theatre, the film festival has grown to attract high-quality films and visits by prominent filmmakers.

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