Artspace is pleased to announce the performers and honorees for Breaking Ground – The Artspace Celebration, scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 18, at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis. The event will be streamed live to Artspace’s national network of resident artists, partners and supporters.
The Artspace Artist Awards honors three resident artists and one arts supporter who have shown a commitment to advancing the arts and enriching their communities. Each Artspace Award is named for an artist or an Artspace supporter who dedicated his or her life, in part, to making a difference in the arts community and in the larger community as well. Each of the three artist award winners will receive a $5,000 grant.
Jacqueline Romano, a resident of the Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts in Fort Lauderdale, will receive the Dejunius Hughes Award for Activism; Austin Williams of the Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts in Seattle will receive the Su Job Award for Education; Tracy Todd Hunter from the Artspace Patchogue Lofts in Patchogue, New York, will receive the Steve Kramer Award for Community Service. The Paul Brawner Award for Support of the Arts will be presented to New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.
“We’re so proud to honor these tremendous individuals who have done so much for their respective communities,” said Artspace President Kelley Lindquist. “The Breaking Ground Celebration is the one night of the year we devote to celebrating our achievements as an organization and the best way to do that is by putting the spotlight on the artists and supporters who make our cities great.”
ABOUT THE AWARD RECIPIENTS
Jacqueline Romano – Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Recipient of the Dejunius Hughes Award for Activism
As a photographer and graphic designer, Romano has channeled her time and talent into a number of causes, including HIV testing and treatment, and anti-bullying campaigns. Through her work as creative director of Blindfold Magazine, a socially conscious lifestyle magazine focusing on courage, strength and giving back, Romano has promoted people and organizations making positive change in the world.
Learn more about Jacqueline
Austin Williams – Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts, Seattle, Washington
Recipient of the Su Job Award for Education
As Producing Director of WG206, Williams has provided a place for young aspiring journalists, storytellers and media makers to network, build a solid portfolio and learn about their community. Still a college student himself, Williams’ mentorship of high school students has helped many to earn scholarships, internships and other pre-career opportunities and honors.
Learn more about Austin
Tracy Todd Hunter – Patchogue Artspace Lofts, Patchogue, New York
Recipient of the Steve Kramer Award for Community Service
Hunter is the co-founder of "Of Colors: A Creative Collective," whose mission is to organize artists and creatives and to mentor, teach, encourage and promote cultural history and the arts. Hunter regularly creates and curates events and programs that bring artists and the community together. His annual Black History Exhibition and Diversity Celebration attracts hundreds to Artspace Patchogue and has been honored by elected officials both locally and on the state level.
Learn more about Tracy
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito – New York, New York
Recipient of the Paul Brawner Award for Support of the Arts
Speaker Mark-Viverito was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and represents the 8th District, which includes East Harlem. She worked for more than a decade in local activism, nonprofit organizations and labor before being elected to the City Council in 2005, as the first Puerto Rican woman and Latina to represent her district in the Council. Speaker Mark-Viverito was instrumental in making El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 a reality, providing affordable homes for 89 artists and their families in El Barrio. For her unwavering support throughout the decade-long development of this project, Artspace is proud to honor her with the Paul Brawner Award for Support of the Arts, which will be presented by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges. Follow Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on twitter.