On Thursday, March 2, the 32nd annual ArtsWorks Arts Awards continued the wonderful tradition set by prior years, giving excellent local businesses, volunteers, and artists the public recognition they merit for their outstanding contribution to the arts in the community. The BART award for a business which contributed to the arts this year went to Mike Downhour at Lagniappe Broadcasting, nominated by Louisiana Delta Ballet. Nominated by Twin City Ballet Company, Kay Harrison took home the award for Volunteer of the Year. The Edmund Williamson Artist of the Year Award was presented to visual artist Margaret Mays Ellerman, nominated by the Ouachita River Art Gallery. The final award, the Dorothy Bassett Emerging Artist of the Year, went to dancer Madelyne Clark, along with a $1,000 prize to assist in expanding her artistic abilities. Nominees acknowledged but not chosen by the panel included Life Church (BART), Mike McGee, Emery Thibodeaux (Volunteer of the Year), Collette Boutwell, Scot Humes, Vitus Shell (Artist of the Year), Parker Finley and Alyssa Guidry Posey (Emerging Artist). The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council was proud to be a part of honoring the great work that these businesses and
individuals do to make our community
a more beautiful place to live.