ROCHESTER — A theme threaded through the presentation of the Rochester Arts Awards Monday evening in a ceremony at the Governor’s Inn.
“It’s important to recognize those people, who are mostly volunteers, who are working to better a place, enhance its culture, and to say thanks for making this a better place,” said Matt Wyatt, who hosted the awards ceremony. “We’re in revitalization mode here, and it’s good to recognize the people who are working hard and making a difference.”
This is the seventh year the Rochester Commission on Arts and Culture has presented the awards recognizing contributions to the arts in the city over the last year.
Rochester poet laureate Katie O’Connor read her poem, “The Cutting Room,” which is a tribute to the city’s shoe factories and the people who worked in them, before the certificates were presented.
Troy Dillow, president of Bernier Insurance, accepted an award on behalf of his business honoring its overall support of the arts. Bernier Insurance sponsors numerous organizations, events and performances each year. The company also established the Mayor Harvey E. Bernier Room at the Museum of Fine Arts in the Rochester Community Center and it sponsors the city’s Wings and Wheels event.
Lauren Krans, assistant director of the Rochester Recreation Department, accepted the award honoring the department’s Concert on the Common music series. “The concert series brings local talent to the Rochester Common, making it accessible to all,” noting the concert averages 200 in the seated audience with many other people walking in the vicinity and listening. “It really does bring music and art to the people, and its been doing that for over 90 years.”
The Granite State Choral Society was recognized by the commission for its presentation of “Rochester: Your Town, Your Story, Your Song.” Liz Tonkins-Agea accepted the award on behalf of the group. She took an original song she co-wrote for the chorus’ 40th anniversary concert and developed…
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