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:

2017

Chemung County Library District

Amy Ruza

2016

Joe Caparulo

Rick Pirozzolo

Erica Unterman

 

2015

Jan Kather

Carol Landon Ayers

 

2014

Lynn Dates

MaryJane Eckel

Marich Music

 

2013

Mark Smith

 

2012

Jared Aiosa

Chris Longwell

 

2011

Howard Coleman

Ann Welles

 

2010

Gigi Alvaré

 

2009

William Locke

Lynne Rusinko

 

2008

The Cantata Singers of Elmira and the team of

Martha Horton, Felix Kapron, Susan Nagle and Will

Wickham

Marietta Cheng

Star-Gazette Columnists: John Cleary, Kathy

Costello, Sarah McFarland and Catherine White

 

2007

Arnot Art Museum Staff

Kathleen Huddle

Lake Country Players

Larry Tolbert

Tom Oberg

Mary Lu Walker

 

2006

Jan Amann

Corning Children’s Center

Neal O’Donnell

 

2005

Patty Ozer

Rhonda Morton

Fred Herbst

 

2004

The Chemung River School Project

Jim Flaws

Linda and Tom Gardner

 

2003

Michael Moretti

Lois Welk

Will Wickham

 

2002

Lee Adelsburg

Marie McKee

Tom Weidemann

 

2001

Tom Buechner

Stuart Chase

Marc Dennis

Maria Driscoll McMahon

Jan P. Updegraff

 

2000

John D. O’Hern

Rodi Rovner of Hands on Glass Studio

George Howell

Judy Cross

Fine Arts Boosters of Alfred-Almond Central School

 

1999

Don Dryden

Clare Reidy

Dr. Thomas Meier

The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass

 

1998

Rafael Grigorian

Richard Bessey

Jenny Monroe

Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties

Ann Clarke

 

1997

Kate Stein

Rockwell Museum

Time Warner Cable

 

1996

Elmira City School District

Post Central

Mary Ughetta

 

1995

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

 

1994

Bob Rose

Artistic Greetings

Michael Czarnecki

 

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