2012 St. Louis Arts Awards
2012 St. Louis Arts Awards Event Images
The Arts and Education Council hosted the 2012 St. Louis Arts Awards on January 23, 2012 at the Chase Park Plaza. The 2012 St. Louis Arts Awards, presented by Emerson and chaired by Tom Voss, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Ameren Corporation, and his wife, Carol, honored individuals who achieve a legacy of artistic excellence, and organizations and businesses that enrich St. Louis’ arts and cultural community.
“We are very pleased with the overwhelmingly positive response to the 2012 St. Louis Arts Awards – both to the much deserving honorees and the performances. Thanks to our sponsors and, of course, the honorees – it was truly a night to remember,” commented Cynthia A. Prost, president of the Arts and Education Council.
Nancy Galvin, Chair, Special Events Committee
Tom and Carol Voss, co-chairs for the 2012 St. Louis Arts Awards
Michael W. Weisbrod, Board Chair, Arts and Education Council
Cynthia A. Prost, President, Arts and Education Council
Executive Vice President of Emerson, Patrick Sly, welcomes the evenings attendees.
2012 St. Louis Arts Awards Emcee Kevin Steincross
The first award went to Riverview Gardens School District fine arts director Jason Brown for Arts Educator of the Year. After receiving his award, Brown performed with the 17-piece Jazz Edge Big Band.
Accomplished actress and artistic associate and education and community programs director of The Black Rep, Linda Kennedy received the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award. Following her acceptance, Ms. Kennedy performed a featured scene from the company’s production of “On Golden Pond,” with The Black Rep founder and producing director Ron Himes.
Thad Simon accepts Corporate Support of the Arts for Novus International, Inc.
David Obedin accepts Excellence in Arts Award for Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Joan Lipkin receives Arts Innovator Award
Dr. Mabel L. Purkerson accepts Excellence in Philanthropy Award for Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation
Peter Martin's acceptance speech for Excellence in the Arts Award
To end the evening, renowned jazz pianist, producer, arranger and composer Peter Martin was honored with an Excellence in the Arts award. Afterwards, he performed with four-time Grammy©-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, for whom he has served as music director and pianist since 2001.