The city's sixth Mayor's Arts Awards was held
June 29, 2017 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre
Read the Mayor's Arts Awards news release.
From left to right: Dennis Ott (recipient for Education), Jim Bishop, Geri Jahnke (recipient
for Organization), Nancy Lattanzi Arts & Culture Coordinator, Bill Levengood (recipient for
Organization), Mayor Sandy Moriarty, Harriet McInnis (recipient for Organization), Peggy
Lanning (recipient for Lifetime Achievement) and Joe McNeill (recipient for Individual).
Missing Susan Kliewer (recipient for Organization.)
The Mayor’s Arts Awards honor individuals, organizations and businesses that have made outstanding contributions to the success of the arts in the city.
The awards do not address the quality or quantity of any particular individual or group’s artwork. The program addresses all aspects of the arts, including culinary, dance, film, literary, music, performing, and visual.
There are four nomination categories: Individual, Organization/Business, Education and Lifetime Achievement.
The first two categories are for an individual, organization, gallery, or other business who has made a significant contribution to the advancement, preservation, or accessibility of the arts in Sedona, or who has demonstrated leadership in advancing the arts through advocacy, promotion, creativity, and innovation in development of the arts in Sedona.
The Education category is for an individual, organization, gallery, or other business that has made a significant contribution to the advancement or accessibility of arts education in the greater Sedona area, or demonstrated leadership in advancing arts education through advocacy, promotion, creativity, and innovation in the development of programs or venues in the greater Sedona area.
Lifetime Achievement recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in advancing and supporting the arts and/or artists in Sedona over a significant number of years.
Peggy Lanning Joe McNeill Dennis Ott Red Rock Arts Council
Lifetime Achievement Individual Education Organization
Individual: Joe McNeill, author of the epic “Arizona’s Little Hollywood.” This informative and engaging tome captures volumes of stories and facts covering over 60 films shot in our area. McNeill spent seven years documenting and preserving Sedona’s film history, significantly contributing to our arts and culture.
Business/Organization: The Red Rock Arts Council for their unwavering dedication to public art in our community throughout the years. The council spearheaded Sculpture Walk and helped establish Sedona’s essential Art in Public Places Ordinance to create funding from new business development for the arts, which we still benefit from today.
Education: Dennis Ott for his years of service as a leading arts educator in Sedona as ceramics department head at Sedona Art Center, teaching classes and workshops, initiating outreach and scholarship programs, volunteering and fundraising. Ott’s strong commitment to the arts has inspired many students to explore their creativity.
Mary Fisher - Individual
Sedona Film School - Organization/Business
Patty Miller - Education
Adele Seronde - Lifetime Achievement
Madeleine O'Callaghan - Individual
Northern Arizona Watercolor Society - Organization/Business
James Pease - Lifetime Achievement
Bert Harclerode - Individual
Sedona Monthly - Organization/Business
Chamber Music Sedona - Education
Lelia Schoenberg - Lifetime Achievement
Christopher Lane - Individual
Goldenstein Gallery - Organization/Business
Sedona Arts Festival - Education
Nancy Robb Dunst - Individual
Sedona International Film Festival - Organization/Business
Marion Herrman & Joella Jean Mahoney - Lifetime Achievement
Sedona Arts Center - Education