The Fresno Arts Council hands out its annual Horizon Awards tonight at 5:30 ceremony at Fresno Art Museum. As is the case each year, the awards honor people who have devoted their time to creating, fostering or promoting art in the Central Valley. The list of honorees is below and one name should look really familiar to you:
- Artist: John Kelly (Posthumously)
- Educator: Dr. Thomas Loewenheim
- Citizen: Richard Cencibaugh
- Business: Chris Hays, The Door Gallery
- Special /Media: Donald Munro
- Special /Environmental Art: Heather Anderson
- Youth: Maya Kratzer
With apologies to the other winners, I feel compelled to give Beehiver Donald Munro a pat on the back here. Since I sit very close to him, I’m privy to his comings and goings, knowing when his phone rings and when his keyboard clacks and clacks and clacks.
Let me tell you: He works very hard, and much of it is out of an internal obligation to giving local theater events and art exhibits much-needed attention. It’s not something he’s ordered to do or part of some quota he’s fulfilling. If that were the case, trust me, he would well exceed it. He is committed — as this event justly acknowledges — to giving the Fresno arts scene the thoughtful, critical voice it needs. Bravo, Donald.
I can assure the other honorees are worth gushing about too. So head over the Horizon Awards page and read all about them too.