State of the Arts & Humanities (Video)

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, County Executive Ike Leggett, and Catherine Leggett presided over an evening of performance, celebration and honors during the 12th annual Montgomery County Executive’s Awards ceremony, held Oct. 21 at the Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring. Highlights of the evening included the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to dancer and choreographer Nilimma Devi and the Lifetime Impact award to long-time arts advocate Busy Graham. The night was filled with performances by Maritza Rivera, winner of the evening’s Volunteer Award, the Herbert Scott Trio, Chamber Choir of Glorystar, Levine School of Music, Titanes Salseros, and the Jazz Academy of Music.

The Executive’s Awards are the highest awards conferred in the Montgomery County in recognition of artistic excellence and service. This year, eight awards were presented to a distinguished group of artists, scholars, cultural organizations, and community leaders across multiple categories.

“The Executive’s Awards allows us to showcase the vast depth and breadth of the arts and humanities in Montgomery County. This array of organizations provides the quality of life and economic development factors that continue to make Montgomery County one of the best places to live and work in America, and a magnet for cultural tourism,” said Suzan Jenkins, CEO of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

Before presenting the award recipients with their honors, County Executive Ike Leggett reflected on their contributions to the county, stating, “Each of these honorees — in one way or another — has made the arts and humanities a lifelong passion. Without their tireless energy, dedication and devotion, Montgomery County would not be the cultural hotspot it is today.”

He also took a moment to affirm his support of the arts, stating before a packed audience, “I will continue, as I have for the past seven years, to support the arts in Montgomery County. This is a major priority for me, and I know it is with our County Council also.”

County Executive Ike and First Lady Catherine Leggett at the 12th Annual County Executive's Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Photo | Clark W. Day

County Executive Ike and First Lady Catherine Leggett at the 12th Annual County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities
Photo | Clark W. Day

Additional coverage on the County Executive Awards:

Volunteer Award (Video)

Volunteer Award winner, Maritza Rivera Performs her Poetry with Michael Friend on Congas and Michael Davis on Guitar 
Photo | Clark W. Day

Maritza Rivera received the Volunteer Award at the County Executive’s Arts and Humanities awards ceremony on Oct. 21. Take a look: Additional coverage on the County Executive Awards:

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Outstanding Artist Award (Video)

Outstanding Artist Award winner David R. Minton, Lumina Studio Theatre, with County Executive and Mrs. Leggett
Photo | Clark W. Day

David Minton was awarded the Outstanding Artist Award at the County Executive’s Awards Oct. 21. Minton is the Executive and Artistic Director of Lumina Studio Theatre in Silver Spring. Additional coverage on the County Executive Awards:

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Emerging Leader Arts Awards (Video)

Emerging Leader Award winner Heena Genti, <em>CREATE!</em> Arts Center, with County Executive and Mrs. Leggett
Photo | Clark W. Day

Heena Genti was awarded the Emerging Leader Award for her work with CREATE! Arts Center at the County Executive’s Awards Oct. 21.   Additional coverage on the County Executive Awards:

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Community Arts Award (Video)

Community Award winner Paticia Woolsey, ArtStream, with County Executive and Mrs. Leggett
Photo | Clark W. Day

Patricia Woolsey was awarded the Community Leader Award at the County Executive’s Awards on Oct. 21. Woolsey is the Executive Director of ArtStream.   Additional coverage on the County Executive Awards:

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Education Award (Video)

Education Award winner, Betty Scott, Strathmore, with County Executive and Mrs. Leggett
Photo | Clark W. Day

Betty Scott was awarded the Education Award at the County Executive’s Arts and Humanities awards ceremony on Oct. 21. Scott is the education program coordinator at Strathmore and works with the Strathmore Artists in Residence program. Additional coverage on the County Executive Awards:

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Lifetime Impact Award (Video)

Lifetime Achievment Award winner Busy Graham, Community Arts Advocate, with County Executive and Mrs. Leggett
Photo | Clark W. Day

Arts advocate Busy Graham was awarded the Lifetime Impact Award at the County Executive’s Awards Oct. 21. Graham echoed the celebratory sentiments of the evening while accepting her award for Lifetime Impact. “Time and time again,” she stated, “the arts and humanities have proven to be the most accessible and affordable way to celebrate what […]

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Lifetime Achievement Award (Video)

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Nilimma Devi with County Executive and Mrs. Leggett
Photo | Clark W. Day

Nilimma Devi was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the County Executive’s Awards Oct. 21. The extraordinary career of Lifetime Achievement winner Nilimma Devi has been one of groundbreaking accomplishments and discoveries, all poignantly documented within the stunning beauty of her artistry. As Founder and Director of the Silver Spring based Sutradhar Institute Dance and […]

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State of the Arts & Humanities (Video)

County Executive Ike and First Lady Catherine Leggett at the 12th Annual County Executive's Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities
Photo | Clark W. Day

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, County Executive Ike Leggett, and Catherine Leggett presided over an evening of performance, celebration and honors during the 12th annual Montgomery County Executive’s Awards ceremony, held Oct. 21 at the Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring. Highlights of the evening included the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement […]

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