2014 Arts and Humanities Awards Gala

Monday, May 12, 2014 - The Log Cabin, Holyoke, MA

New England Public Radio is pleased to announce the recipients of the sixth annual New England Public Radio Arts & Humanities Awards.

The 2014 honorees are:
Jane Yolen
The Performance Project / First Generation
Easthampton City Arts+

The Arts & Humanities Awards Gala

Monday, May 12, 2014, 6 p.m.

at The Log Cabin – Holyoke, MA


Keynote speaker:

Robert Krulwich from NPR’s Radiolab

Tickets: $75 each, $550 for a table of 8

Proceeds Support the programs and services of NEPR.
To purchase tickets by phone, 
call 413.545.3245

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New England Public Radio is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s New England Public Radio Arts & Humanities Award. The 2014 honorees are: author Jane Yolen (Outstanding Individual); The Performance Project /First Generation (Outstanding Organization) and Easthampton City Arts+ (Emerging Talent).

“The NEPR Foundation is thrilled with the community response to the Arts & Humanities Award,” said Dennis Bromery, Chair of the foundation’s Outreach Committee. “Like always, it was a difficult choice, but this year’s recipients truly exemplify what the award is intended to recognize.”

Established by the New England Public Radio Foundation, Inc. in 2008, the New England Public Radio Arts and Humanities Award has been recognizing the rich and varied arts scene in the region for the past five years. The award recognizes the contributions of local talent, and brings greater public awareness to the critical role played by musicians, artists, dancers, actors, writers, and teachers in western New England.

2014 Recipients:

publicity_photo2Jane Yolen, often called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America,” is the author of over 350 books, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night. Her books range from rhymed picture books and baby board books, through middle grade fiction, poetry collections, nonfiction, and up to novels and story collections for young adults and adults.

A graduate of Smith College, with a Masters in Education from the University of Massachusetts, she’s lived in the Pioneer Valley for over 45 years. She teaches workshops, encourages new writers, lectures around the world. Her books and stories have won an assortment of awards including two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, and a Caldecott Medal.

She is a mentor, a friend and an inspiration to many writers living here in western New England, and has worked extensively with schools and libraries in the local community to bring the joy of reading, writing, and art and illustration to children and adults alike. We are lucky to have her among many distinguished authors and illustrators choosing to make a home in our region.

For more on Jane, click here: janeyolen.com

The Performance Project/First Generation
At its best, art can catalyze and support change in lives and communities. The Performance Project/First Generation has been creating community through artistic collaboration for thirteen years, beginning with adults and youth who were incarcerated or returning to the community from jail, through The Performance Project, and more recently with youth and families who have arrived to the US as immigrants or refugees from other parts of the world with First Generation.

am7j2617Committed to exploring the themes of oppression and liberation, youth involved in First Generation and the Mural Project become cultural activists in their communities, creating original ensemble theater performances and murals. To date, eleven countries have been represented in First Generation, which brings together youth from around the world along with youth of Springfield for artistic training, leadership development and intergenerational mentoring. The Mural Project has created four murals for the city of Springfield.

As one of the Performance Project / First Generation’s nominators wrote “it is one of those community gems, not likely to be in a bright spotlight or a well-known name in the Valley, which is so rich in arts programs and artists, but which embodies the best of the creativity, culture and community-building.”

For more on The Performance Project/First Generation, click here: performanceproject.org

Easthampton City Arts+
easthampton_mural_easthampton_lacroix_600pxAs anyone who has visited Easthampton lately can tell you, it’s a pretty hip and vibrant place to be these days, and that is in great part due to the efforts of Easthampton City Arts+. Founded in 2005, ECA+ has introduced innovative and diverse programs and activities in the community which enable local artists to showcase and market their works, while providing the public with the opportunity to discover emerging and established artists. From spearheading Easthampton’s Cottage Street Cultural District (one of the first 15 cities in the state to be recognized as such); organizing projects like Easthampton Bear Fest, which drew thousands of visitors to Easthampton’s bear sculpture-lined streets, to the monthly Art Walk Easthampton, C.H.A.T., and “Unbuttoned” networking and social

events for artists and writers, and the implementation of numerous permanent public art projects from murals to sculptural bike racks, ECA+ has had an incredibly busy nine years.

Powered by a group of hardworking volunteers that support its small staff, ECA+ is making big waves in one of the region’s most exciting arts communities. We are happy to honor ECA+ with the Arts & Humanities Award for Emerging Talent.

For more information on Easthampton City Arts, click here: easthamptoncityarts.com

For more information on the 2014 Arts & Humanities Award, please contact Vanessa Cerillo at vcerillo@nepr.net or call 413.545.9717.

Past recipients of the Arts & Humanities Award:

Michael Mucci
June Millington
Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Enchanted Circle
The Young@Heart Chorus
Josh Simpson
Gary Bernice
Peter Blanchette
Steve Hays
The Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT
Aric Bieganek
Evelyn Harris
The Springfield Museums
Matthew Mitchell
Kevin Rhodes, Music Director, The Springfield Symphony Orchestra