On Wednesday, July 22, at 6:30pm the Arts Council of Beaufort County will hold its annual meeting to honor seven Beaufort County residents with the annual Jasmine Arts Award, each one a sculpture created by Lowcountry artist Hank D. Herring.
The informative and fun meeting will also present a short visual report of the many ways ACBC nurtures the arts here and now, a vigorous reinstated art auction to help original art find a new home, cooling refreshments, and the opportunity to meet ACBC staff, boardmembers, and other arts supporters too. No membership required, ever. ACBC's home is in ARTworks, which is 12,000 square feet of dedication to community arts located in Beaufort Town Center– look for Blue Moo and the Mermaid out front, at 2127 Boundary Street, Beaufort SC 29902, 843-379-2787, www.beaufortcountyarts.com.
City of Beaufort Mayor’s Award for the Arts ~ Jo Ann Kingsley
Kinglsey's work with the USCB Continuing Education program and the Lunch with Authors series has impacted hundreds of people across the county, and her service as a Board member to the Arts Council of Beaufort County for so many years was extremely valuable. For all of these reasons, and her overarching commitment to quality programming, the ACBC Board of Director’s recommended her receipt of this award to Mayor Keyserling.
Town of Port Royal Mayor’s Award for the Arts ~ Tina B. Fripp
Fripp's commitment to the art scene in Port Royal is long-lived; participating in local festivals, presenting and publicizing music at the Farmer’s Market and the First Friday events. Her work has exhibited her passion to enhance the arts scene in the county. For this reason, the ACBC Board of Director’s recommended her receipt of this award to Mayor Murray.
Town of Bluffton Mayor’s Award for the Arts ~ Amos Hummell
Hummell's grassroots and diligent efforts to institute an arts scene and support artists in the historic Bluffton area exhibit a passion and persistence that is crucial to ensure quality arts experiences across the county. For this reason, the ACBC Board of Director’s recommended his receipt of this award to Mayor Sulka.
Town of Hilton Head Mayor’s Award for the Arts ~ Martha Ahrens Schymik
Schymik's work as a curator and exhibit designer for the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and the Coastal Discovery Museum impacts hundreds of people each year. The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Art League, Choral Society and the children of the School for Creative Arts have all benefited from her dedication to ensuring that the arts are available in the community. For all of these reasons and her overarching commitment to quality programming, the ACBC Board of Director’s recommended her receipt of this award to Mayor Peebles.
Arts Educator of the Year ~ Alana Adams, Director of Education, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
Adams has created an amazing and thoughtful program at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, and taken the lead for the SC 92 Kennedy Center Partners in Education by becoming the representative to the SC Alliance for Arts Education. This award is granted to an educator who weaves the arts in to the everyday lives of students and Adams' programs are a true testament to ensuring that Beaufort County students receive well-rounded arts experiences.
Arts Business Partner of the Year ~ Jeremy and Jen Hayden, Bay Street Music
The award recognizes significant contributions to the arts and culture in Beaufort County. Bay Street Music's generosity to ensure that quality technical support is provided for arts and culture events sponsored by non-profit organizations in the County is unparalleled. The Haydens also work responsibly with some of our Community Arts Grant recipients to ensure that their technical requirements and equipment needs are met. For all of these reasons we are thrilled to be able to present Bay Street Music with this award.
Volunteer of the Year ~ Irby Rentz
Without Rentz' dedication and commitment to the mission and purpose of the Arts Council of Beaufort County we wouldn’t be where we are today. From providing food for our various events to setting up the Chalk Festival, to moving and building walls at ARTworks, to organizing valet parking at the Harlem Renaissance, to assisting with all of our technical needs ~ Rentz' volunteer hours have provided invaluable service to the arts community.