Madison, WI – August 14: The Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts has announced the 2009 recipients of the Governor’s Awards in Support of the Arts. Governor Jim and First Lady Jessica Doyle will host a ceremony at the Executive Residence in Madison on Thursday, October 22 at 5:30 p.m. to present the Awards.
• Hudson Hospital & Clinic, Marian Furlong, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hudson, is recognized in the “Corporate/Business” category.
Additional award winners include:
• Honored in the “Individual Leadership” category are Lane and Linda Ware of Wausau.
• Selected in the “Arts Organization” category is Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation, Bill Haberman, Herzfeld Foundation President, Milwaukee.
• This year a special Governor’s Award honors innovation and diversity of First Wave Spoken Word Learning Community (UW-Madison Office of Multicultural Arts Initiative).
The Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts is sponsoring the annual event, with sponsorship from WE Energies, Milwaukee.
Hudson Hospital & Clinic is recognized for its Healing Arts program, a collaboration with The Phipps Center for the Arts, also of Hudson. The program’s mission is to bring the creative and visual arts to patients, guests and staff to welcome diversion from oftentimes challenging health experiences. In addition to the healing environmental architecture and design of the 25-bed hospital, outpatient and clinics facility, all areas of the building and gardens accommodate art exhibits—including patient, guest and staff areas. At any one time, more than 200 original pieces of art representing most art media are on view, with replacement exhibits every three to four months. Outside each inpatient room window original mosaic birdfeeders, created by community artists, provide a close connection to nature. Outdoor healing gardens along with sculpture and fountains wrap the facility with walking paths leading to the region’s only labyrinth for meditation.
Honorary Chair of this year’s Governor’s Awards ceremony is Ruth DeYoung Kohler, Sheboygan. In 1997 Ruth Kohler was honored for her “spark of inspiration and fuel of tireless effort” expanding Sheboygan’s John Michael Kohler Art Center and generosity broadening artistic opportunities in eastern Wisconsin. A former member of the Wisconsin Arts Board, Kohler also served on panels of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Lane and Linda Ware are honored for more than three decades of leadership supporting the arts in Wausau and statewide, offering their time, financial resources, insights and energies on multiple boards. They stepped into leadership roles at crucial turning points in the development of the arts in North Central Wisconsin.
In the ‘70s Lane presided over the founding of the Wausau Area Performing Arts Foundation and the establishment of its Artists in the Schools program and United Performing Arts Fund, both of which continue to this day.
Linda led this organization through its transformation into the management company for the Grand Theater and served on the Wisconsin Arts Board, Wisconsin Humanities Board, plus the Poet Laureate Commission.
The Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation is well known for grants in arts, culture and education in the Milwaukee area. Herzfeld Foundation has a strong commitment to support arts and culture through a variety of capital, operating, program and arts education grants totaling more than $17 million since 1997.
Bill Haberman, president, and Carmen Haberman, vice president, provide a ‘hands-on” approach to grant making. They believe in the value of a strong arts and cultural community that offers diverse cultural experiences to everyone.
For nearly a decade through its Arts in Education Program the foundation has provided access for Milwaukee students to participate in a variety of art forms at recognized arts institutions.
This year a special Governor’s Award salutes the cutting-edge, artistic First Wave Spoken Word Learning Community in the UW-Madison Office of Multicultural Arts Initiative (OMAI). First Wave is the only university program in the country centered on spoken word and hip-hop culture; it attracts students from across the United States.
The program captures the emerging aesthetic and intense cultural identity of this moment’s urban experience in new combinations and media impact; what’s happening now and next. In its third year, First Wave brings 15 full-scholarship freshmen to the UW each year. Currently 45 students study, work, perform and contribute together to the UW and the state.
Each recipient of the 2009 Governor’s Award will receive a gift of original art, in addition to a personal citation signed by the Governor.
Video highlights of each recipient’s work supporting the arts are shown at the ceremony. Those highlights, coupled with scenes from the award presentation, are aired on many commercial and public television stations following the event. This year the video program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.
The Governor’s Awards in Support of the Arts began in 1980 to encourage and celebrate support of the arts throughout Wisconsin. Since 1980, the Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts has honored more than 145 businesses, individuals and organizations whose extraordinary contributions to the vitality of the arts in local communities or statewide deserve recognition. Governor Jim Doyle and four previous governors have hosted the ceremony and personally presented the awards.
The Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit public organization supported solely by membership dues and contributions. For more information visit the Website: www.wiffa.org or contact: Jeffrey Bartell, Chair of the Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts (608/283-2447) or Kristi Williams, Executive Director.