Arts ceremony honors organizations, leaders for support

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Multiple organizations and individuals were honored this week during the Governor’s Arts Awards.

The ceremony, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, honored people and groups supporting the arts as well as efforts to support arts organizations in communities and schools.

The awards were presented to people and organizations during a ceremony on Tuesday at the state Culture Center in Charleston:

— Lifetime Achievement Award: Tim James, Director of Bands at Cabell Midland High School.
— Artist of the Year: Jenn Lockwood of Capon Bridge.
— Arts Organization of the Year: ART26201 in Buckhannon.
— Arts in Education: Jim Allder of Caldwell and Farms Work Wonders in Wardensville.
— Folk Arts Award: Adam Booth of Shepherdstown and the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins.
— Resiliency in the Arts Award: Adam Moyer and Kiara Williams of Buckhannon and the Wheeling Symphony orchestra.
— Susan S. Landis Distinguished Service to the Arts: John Elliott of Charleston and the Coalfield Development Corporation in Huntington.

The awards also honored legislative leaders for their support of the arts:

— Arts in Education: Sen. Rollan Roberts, R-Raleigh, and Delegate Caleb Hanna, D-Nicholas.
— Community Arts: Sen. Richard Lindsay, D-Kanawha, and Delegate Jason Barrett, R-Berkeley.
— Cultural Facilities: Sen. Mike Maroney, R-Marshall, and House Majority Leader Amy Summers, R-Taylor.
— Folk Arts: Sen. Rupie Phillips. R-Logan, and Delegate Charlie Reynolds, R-Marshall.
— Lifetime Achievement: Sen. Charles Trump, R-Morgan, and Delegate Brent Boggs, D-Braxton.

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