The 32nd annual Arts Business Education Consortium awards luncheon, held today at the Antlers Hilton Hotel, honored a number of people in the community who have worked to further artistic projects as well as art awareness and education.

Awards went to:

  • Bristol Brewing Company for its partnership with Marmalade at Smokebrush, which has kept the Uncle Wilber Fountain operating downtown in Acacia Park.
  • Ila Conoley, director, and Posey Knight, assistant director and designer, for their Community Modern performance in October at the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts.
  • The Bemis School of Art received the arts opportunities award for providing exceptional opportunities for student and emerging artists.
  • John and Cindy Hooton, owners of Stargazer’s Theatre, received the arts advocacy award for cultivating and promoting arts.
  • Linda Weise, founding executive director of the Colorado Springs Conservatory, received the arts leadership award for demonstrating outstanding leadership and individual support for the arts over an extended period of time.
  • Jan Johnson, founder of Ormao dance company, received the Bee an Arts Champion award from the Bee Vradenburg Foundation.
  • The ABE consortium awards for distinguished arts teachers went to Raleigh “Butch” Eversol, music teacher at Palmer Ridge High School; Judith Marie, arts instructor at Summit Middle School; and Cindy Morse, arts instructor at Doherty High School. Honorable mentions went to Greg Custer at Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy and Linda Thompson at Eagleview Middle School.
  • Tara Sevanne Thomas, director of education for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, received the distinguished administrator award for creating programs that reach out to the broader community.
  • The ongoing support for arts educations award went to Jamie Lester of Academic Arts Academy, for integrating arts with other academic content, and introducing his students to opera.
  • Honorable mention went to Tom Howes at Gold Camp Elementary School.
  • John McLaughlin received the unique project “Peak at the Arts” award for launching the Global Exchange Festival in October at the Pikes Peak Center, which involved more than 500 local artists and more than 2,000 attendees.
  • Honorable mention went to Patti Smithsonian and Naomi Marshall, for the Marionette Project, at Mountainside Elementary School.
  • Ron Brasch of First Business Brokers received the community support for arts education award, for providing expertise and financial support to arts organizations in the city.
  • Blake Milteer and Kari Torgerson received the unique project award for staging the “Conflict Resolution” project at the Fine Arts Center.
  • And Mike Poore, duputy superintendent of School District 11, received the special recognition award for administrator support for the arts.