Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tucson: TPAC presents 2011 LUMIES Arts and Business Awards


From: Donna Kreutz []
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 6:51 PM
Subject: 42 LUMIES award nominees announced. Tickets on sale now.


Contact: Sally Krommes, TPAC Public Art & Event Coordinator, (520) 624-0595 Ext. 16 or




 TUCSON, AZ – Forty-two outstanding arts luminaries will be the focus of festivities at the 2011 LUMIES Arts and Business Awards on June 9 at the historic El Casino Ballroom.


 The LUMIES go to individuals, organizations and businesses that create and cultivate arts and culture throughout Tucson and Pima County. This is the 11th year these awards have been presented by the Tucson Pima Arts Council in partnership with business, government and the arts community.


 "This event celebrates the people who energize our community's creative soul," said Roberto Bedoya, TPAC executive director. "These individuals and organizations established our notable national reputation as a thriving hub for the arts. The arts substantially strengthen our economy and greatly improve our quality of life. That too is cause for celebration." 


 These are the 2011 Lumie nominations in received by TPAC from members of the community:

Emerging Arts Organization – Casa Libre en la Solana, My Town Music, The Da Vinci Players and Warehouse Artists Management Organization

Established Arts Organization –- 91.3 KXCI Community Radio, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Children's Museum Tucson, International Mariachi Conference, Kore Press, Museum of Contemporary Art, Pan Left and University of Arizona Poetry Center

Arts Education Program – Sonoran Glass Art Academy, Tucson Arts Brigade and Tucson Jazz Institute

Arts Educator – Terrie Ashbaugh, Moira Geoffrion, Angela Rose, Michael Schwartz, Alida Holguin Wilson-Gunn

Small Business – Peach Properties, Sarnoff Artist Materials and Zocalo Magazine

Large Business – COX Communications and Tucson International Airport

Arts Patron – Norma Davenport, Fletcher McCusker, Dorothy Vanek and John Wells

Emerging Artist – Bill Mackey, Angela Soto and Mykl Wells

Lifetime Achievement – Jessica Andrews, Dean Armstrong, Crane Day, Julie Gallego, Barbara Grygutis, To-Ree-Nee Wolf McArdle, Marvin Shaver, Julie Sasse and David Tineo.

Special Recognition Award – Jim Glick of the City of Tucson Department of Transportation will be honored for his many years of dedicated advocacy for the arts in Tucson. 


 The 2011 LUMIES will be held at a cultural and architectural landmark the El Casino Ballroom, a popular social venue in South Tucson since 1947. The ballroom is located at 437 E. 26th Street.


 The LUMIES award celebration features live music and dancing to The Jons, well known for their blazing horn section and ability to rock in English and Spanish. The popular Southern Arizona band has toured nationally and released its first album in 2002. A fourth album is in the works. The seven-member group frequently performs in Tucson and offers an arsenal of original music. For more information, visit

 Tickets to the 7 p.m. awards event with live music and dancing are $35 when purchased online at <cq> or $45 at the door.


 A VIP happy hour at 6 p.m. provides an opportunity to meet and mingle with the nominees. VIP tickets are $60 per person, including drinks and the awards event. Sponsor tables of 10 also are available. For more information, call TPAC at (520) 624-0595, Ext. 10.


 “The arts and business community celebrate the arts as a vital part of our lives and our local economy,” Bedoya said. “In 2005, research showed that not-for-profit arts and culture were a significant industry in Pima County, generating $57.54 million in local economic activity,” he added. To bring that figure up to date, TPAC is the local lead for a new national arts economic impact study this year, a project of Americans for the Arts, America’s leading not-for-profit organization for advancing the arts. TPAC is one of 200 study partners across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


 For more information on the Lumie awards or other TPAC projects, visit the TPAC website at


 TPAC has served as the arts agency for both the City of Tucson and Pima County for more than 25 years. TPAC awards grants, oversees public art programs, offers professional development services to artists and arts leaders, and maintains a roster of teaching artists for community projects and public art. TPAC also partners with Americans for the Arts on economic impact research and implements community-based cultural development projects with the Kresge Foundation and Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. For more information call (520) 624-0595 or visit



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