Talented Tulsans Win 25th Harwelden Awards

SUPPORTING THE ARTS: Enjoying the 25th Harwelden Awards are, from left, Edith Wilson, President of the Board of Directors of the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, philanthropist Dr. Nancy Feldman and Ken Busby, the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa.

The Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Harwelden Awards, established in 1984 to honor individuals and organizations that have been exemplary advocates and supporters of the arts in our community.

“The Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa provides arts education to more than 120,000 school children throughout Tulsa County each year. More than 85 percent of our programs are targeted toward ‘at risk’ and underserved populations,” says Edith Wilson, President of the Board of Directors of the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa.

“In addition, we serve thousands of adults with our programs for lifelong learning. Each year, we come together to celebrate our friends and patrons in the arts. This year’s recognition goes to the following: Cox Business Services, Cox Communications, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Tulsa, and the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Foundation for their continued support.”

The following are the awards and this year’s winners:

Bart Betow Memorial Music Education Award
Bart Betow was an outstanding young man, who used words and music to bring people together. Bart’s sister and parents, Gary Betow and Kathleen McKeown, established this $5,000 award to recognize music education in the Tulsa community – and educators who inspire through words and music. This year’s recipient of the Bart Betow Memorial Music Education Award is Julie Boucher, the vocal music teacher at Booker T. Washington High School.

Rosalind Cook Artistic Encouragement Awards
Rosalind Cook, a highly successful Tulsa sculptor established this award to provide art supplies for Tulsa area third and fourth year high school art students. This year, Roz was so moved by the teachers and their commitment to their students, that she decided to increase her support and is awarding six (6) high school art departments with $500 each. As she said, “Each student is a spirit filled with creative potential. They need to know their worth.” The art teachers selected by Ms. Cook are Clancy Gray at East Central High School, Julie Thomas of Edison Preparatory High School, Julana Winegarten at McLain High School, Judy Wayland from Memorial High School, Cynthia Brown of Project 12, and Beverly Wissen at Booker T. Washington High School.

Dr. Nancy and Ray Feldman, recognized for their steadfast support of not only the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, but of arts education in our schools, and numerous arts and social service organizations in our community, are the sponsors of the Jingle Feldman Individual Artist Award.

This award was established in 1987 in memory of their daughter, Jingle, to allow artists to pursue professional development on a project of their own choosing. Over the years the award has been given to artists in all art disciplines.

The recipient is Ma Cong, Principal / Resident Choreographer who joined Tulsa Ballet in 1999 from the National Ballet of China. Ma studied at the Beijing Dance Academy, where he received a full scholarship and graduated with honors
John L. Everitt Non-Profit Award was presented to Third Floor Design at The University of Tulsa. Accepting the award was Third Floor Design Director Teresa Valero. Third Floor Design is a TU student-operated graphic design agency.

Liddy K. Doenges Individual Award was created by William R. Derrevere, a very talented local artist and teacher. The 2009 recipient of the Liddy K. Doegnes Individual Award is the University of Tulsa’s Rich Fisher who for more than 15 years has been the host of Public Radio Tulsa’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, and during that span, he has conducted well over 3,000 interviews with prominent members of the arts and humanities from across the nation and around the world.

Updated 07-14-2009

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