NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR 2013 COUNTY EXECUTIVE ARTS AWARDS
24th Annual celebration of the Arts in Rockland to be held September 18th at RCC
New City – County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef, in partnership with the Arts Council of Rockland (ACOR), is seeking nominations from the County’s arts community and the public for the 24th Annual County Executive Arts Awards, which will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 at the Cultural Arts Center at Rockland Community College.
In addition to honoring Rockland County’s artists, supporters of the arts and arts organizations, this year’s celebration will include the new “Ars Longa” Award, created by Vanderhoef to recognize a Rockland County artist whose body of work has stood the test of time and who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the County’s arts community.
“This annual celebration is our way of acknowledging the rich and vital role the arts and those who create and support art play in the Rockland County community,” Vanderhoef said. “To quote the great Hippocrates, ‘Ars longa, vita brevis’ – ‘Life is short, art is eternal’ – we seek to commemorate with this new honor the profound contribution that an individual artist’s work has made in perpetuity to the quality of life here in Rockland County.”
ACOR Board of Directors President Keith Cornell said, "The Arts Council is thrilled to be working closely with County Executive Vanderhoef on the up-coming awards ceremony. Rockland is fortunate to have a County Executive with such devotion to the arts and who understands how much a part of the fabric of the community our artists are."
This year’s awards ceremony will open the nomination process to all arts organizations and members of the Rockland County arts community, Vanderhoef said. Nominations for the County Executive Arts Awards and the Ars Longa Award will be accepted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org until July 15, 2013.
A panel consisting of ACOR Board of Directors and other members of the Rockland County arts community will select winners from six categories, including Arts Educator, Literary Artist, Performing Artist, Visual Artist, Arts Organization and Patron of the Arts. The County Executive will choose the Ars Longa honoree.
Sponsors of the 24th Annual County Executive Arts Awards include Orange & Rockland Utilities, News 12 and the New York State Department of Economic Development’s I Love NY program.
For more information, please call Rockland County Tourism & Local Development Coordinator CJ Miller at 845-708-7300 or ACOR Executive Director Janey Tannenbaum at 845-947-3660.