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February 16, 2011
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 402-441-7831
Deb Weber, Lincoln Arts Council, 402-434-2787

Winners Announced For Mayor's Arts Awards

The Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) has announced the winners of the 2011 Mayor's Arts Awards, which will be presented the evening of Wednesday, June 8 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Mayor Chris Beutler and the LAC present the awards to formally recognize artistic contributions and achievements in the Lincoln area.

Reservations will be accepted at a later date. Event sponsors are Union Bank & Trust Company, Jerry and Annette Hall, Rena Kaplan, The Landing at Williamsburg and the Lincoln Community Foundation. Video sponsors are The Kinder Porter Scott Family Foundation and Liberty First Credit Union.

Mayor Beutler has chosen playwright Becky Boesen and her play "In My Daughter's Name" to receive the Mayor's Choice Award. The play, presented in October by the Angels Theatre Company, told the true story of a young woman who was abused and eventually murdered by her domestic partner.

"We can appreciate art for many reasons, including its intrinsic beauty, its interpretive or abstract nature or how it makes us feel, " Mayor Beutler said. "It is also important to recognize art like this play that sensitizes us to important social issues, creates awareness and encourages people to take action. ‘In My Daughter's Name' created a community dialogue about the important issue of domestic violence."

The Mayor's Choice Award is sponsored by Cline, Williams, Wright, Johnson and Oldfather. Also being honored are the following individuals, organizations and projects:

Except for the Literary Heritage and Mayor's Choice awards, honorees are selected by a panel of arts professionals. This year's award is being created by Joe Ruffo, a Mayor's Arts Award winner in 2004 and a former President of the LAC.

The public is encouraged to submit names of members of the Lincoln arts community who have died since the last awards ceremony in June 2010 for memorial recognition at the awards event to

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