ARTS Partnership Award

Two ARTS Partnership Awards are presented annually to individuals, businesses, schools, or organizations that have demonstrated vision, leadership, and commitment to the advancement of the arts in our region. ARTS Partnership Award recipients have shown a sense of personal responsibility, making a significant impact on the community through their arts-related service.

Amelia Harnas

Artist and Corning native Amelia Fais Harnas is best known for her portraits created with red wine, which have received a fair amount of attention online and in print, as featured by Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Huffington Post, and Foreign Affairs magazine. She has also collaborated with Damiani Wine Cellars on Seneca Lake and with Campo Viejo in La Rioja, Spain. In addition to her own artwork, Amelia has deep roots in this area, having been actively involved in creative projects or art events from a young age. Notably, she co-founded The Hours Festivals at Beulahland in Risingville, NY, helped launch the inaugural Recycled Runway, and, most recently, was the lead volunteer for the Rockwell’s Bare Bones Café. Whether in her own work or within the community, her passion is to bring wild ideas and new events to life.

Michael P Kenna

After completing degree programs in English and the Dramatic Arts at SUNY Geneseo and service in the U.S. Army, Michael Kenna taught theater, television radio, film and public speaking at Southside High School, while directing the drama program for seven years. In 1983 Mike began his long career at the Clemens Center first as Stage Manager, and until his retirement in 2017, as Facilities Director. He served as Project Manager on four capital construction projects totaling $27 million including; extensive renovation of the stage house and historic restoration of the 1925 proscenium theater. For over 36 years Mike has directed, designed and stage-managed theater productions for Elmira Little Theatre, Southside/ Elmira High School, Thomas A. Edison High School, Summer Repertory Company, 171 Cedar Arts Center and Corning Community College. Mike is currently serving his fifth term on Elmira Little Theatre’s Board of Directors. He also served four terms as a Director for Elmira Downtown Development and was the organization’s President for four years. He has also served on the Board of Thursday Morning Musicales and on the Parish Council for Blessed Sacrament Parish in Elmira.

Previous Recipients:


Chemung County Library District

Amy Ruza


Joe Caparulo

Rick Pirozzolo

Erica Unterman



Jan Kather

Carol Landon Ayers



Lynn Dates

MaryJane Eckel

Marich Music



Mark Smith



Jared Aiosa

Chris Longwell



Howard Coleman

Ann Welles



Gigi Alvaré



William Locke

Lynne Rusinko



The Cantata Singers of Elmira and the team of

Martha Horton, Felix Kapron, Susan Nagle and Will


Marietta Cheng

Star-Gazette Columnists: John Cleary, Kathy

Costello, Sarah McFarland and Catherine White



Arnot Art Museum Staff

Kathleen Huddle

Lake Country Players

Larry Tolbert

Tom Oberg

Mary Lu Walker



Jan Amann

Corning Children’s Center

Neal O’Donnell



Patty Ozer

Rhonda Morton

Fred Herbst



The Chemung River School Project

Jim Flaws

Linda and Tom Gardner



Michael Moretti

Lois Welk

Will Wickham



Lee Adelsburg

Marie McKee

Tom Weidemann



Tom Buechner

Stuart Chase

Marc Dennis

Maria Driscoll McMahon

Jan P. Updegraff



John D. O’Hern

Rodi Rovner of Hands on Glass Studio

George Howell

Judy Cross

Fine Arts Boosters of Alfred-Almond Central School



Don Dryden

Clare Reidy

Dr. Thomas Meier

The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass



Rafael Grigorian

Richard Bessey

Jenny Monroe

Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties

Ann Clarke



Kate Stein

Rockwell Museum

Time Warner Cable



Elmira City School District

Post Central

Mary Ughetta



Dr. John and Phyllis Martin

The Leader, Star-Gazette and Michael Orr for See,

Hear & Do

Joan Lecuona

Elmira Symphony and Choral Society and the Corning Philharmonic Society



Bob Rose

Artistic Greetings

Michael Czarnecki


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