The deadline for reservations to the 2018 Mayor's Arts Awards celebration has been extended to Monday, April 23. Mayor Chris Beutler and the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) will present the awards Tuesday, May 1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. To recognize the 50th anniversary of the LAC, the theme for this year's event is "We Are Golden Together." The event sponsor is Farmers Mutual of Nebraska, and the Honorary Chair is Jack Saltzman, who is coordinating this year's decorations.
The 40th annual event, which is open to the public, begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and includes a dinner. Tickets are $75 and are available from the LAC at 402-434-2787 or artscene.org. Corporate tables and sponsorship opportunities are also available. The Winners' Reception after the program will be on the Arena outdoor Capitol Terrace and will be $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Members of the public do not need to attend the ceremony to attend the reception, which is sponsored by Union Bank & Trust.
This year's honorees also include:
Sponsor: Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation.
Ted Kooser, the 13th Poet Laureate of the U.S., dedicated an unpublished poem for this year's award. It will be printed by Denise Brady and framed by David Clark. Returning as emcee is DeWayne Taylor, a teaching artist, beat boxer and KFRX radio host.
Other sponsors of the event are Ameritas; Husker Mercedes-Benz; K & Z Distributing Company, Inc.; Mapes Industries, Inc.; Roper Bennett Team -- Merrill Lynch; Talent Plus; U.S. Property & Grand Manse; Steve Wake; Ann Rawley; BVH Architecture; Len Sloup and Sue Quambusch; Lincoln First Realty; and the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel.
The public is encouraged to submit names and photos of members of the Lincoln arts community who have died since the last awards ceremony in June 2017 for memorial recognition at the awards event. Information may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.