Lifetime Service Award

Given at the discretion of The ARTS Council’s Board, the Lifetime Service Award was established to honor art administrators and professionals who have worked in the public sphere over the course of several decades to bring arts to the community. Recipients of the Lifetime Service Award demonstrate dedication and tenacity for serving the public in arts and culture, and have dedicated their careers to serving our region in this capacity.

2018 Lifetime Service Award Recipient: Gigi Alvaré

Gigi Alvaré has served the Muse through her work as an Arts Administrator, Visual Artist, Performer and Writer throughout her life. Most recently, she served as Director of Education at the Rockwell Museum, where she developed and initiated innovative programs like Masks, Music, Movement and Monologues and the Alley Art Project in collaboration with the High School Learning Center along with many other projects in the Museum and the community.

From 1984 until her tenure at The Rockwell Museum, Alvaré has taught in hundreds of classrooms through many arts-in-education organizations in New York City and the Hudson River Valley for Grades K-12 and Special Education. She has worked as a Teaching Artist for the Touchstone Center for Children, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Doing Art Together program, Carnegie Hall Special Education project, and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation for the Murals in the Parks program. She served as a Consultant for the Children’s Television Workshop and MacGraw-Hill Publications and illustrated three books for Touchstone Center Publications. Plays written while at the Touchstone Center have been performed in a variety of settings, including: The Brooklyn Museum, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the New York Historical Society and Belvedere Castle, Central Park, NYC.

Alvaré has performed at La Mama ETC, NYC, Theatre for the New City, NYC, the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Poughkeepsie NY, and the Mettawee River Theatre Summer Company. Her art has been exhibited at Abrons Art Center, Barret Art Center, the Deep Listening Space, Tivoli Artist’s Co-op, Arnot Art Museum, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and 171 Cedar Arts. She was selected as a Finger Lakes Billboard Artist in 2002. Commissions have included giant sculptural works for the U.S. Customs House for Harbor Festival, NY, NY: The Official Public Celebration for the Statue of Liberty Centennial, giant puppets for The Village Halloween Parade, NYC and a 35-foot papier-mache and found-object dragon sculpture for the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum in Poughkeepsie, NY. In 2010 Alvaré received a Crossroads Grant for the creation of a performance piece at The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. In the same year, she received an ARTS Partnership Award.

It is our great honor to present Gigi Alvaré with the Lifetime Service Award!

Previous Recipients:

Jan Newcomb
Kristin Swain
Thomas Weidemann

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