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2020 Media Releases

October 19, 2020
Media Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, City Communications, 402-441-7831
Troy Gagner, Lincoln Arts Council, 402-434-2787

Public Invited to Free, Virtual Mayor's Arts Awards Event Tuesday

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) invite the public to participate in the 42nd annual Mayor's Arts Awards at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 20. No fee is required to watch the event, but donations to LAC are accepted.

The LAC has partnered with Basement Creators Network and Firespring to create the live celebration. It will be available at the LAC website,; the City website,; Basement Creators Network website,; YouTube livestream (LincolnArtsCouncil); and Facebook Live (Lincoln Arts Council).

This year's theme, "An Ode to Joy," pays tribute to the 250th birthday of that song's composer, Ludwig van Beethoven. The event was originally scheduled for April 14, but was postponed due to COVID-19. The Presenting Sponsors are Ameritas and Avery Woods.

The event includes an online auction of work created by local artists based on the "Ode to Joy" theme. Bids are being accepted now at Each award winner is receiving an original art piece by Lincoln glass artist Marc Kornbluh. Returning as emcee is DeWayne Taylor, a teaching artist, beat boxer and KFRX radio host.

These award winners will be featured in video segments during the event:

The event will also honor the recipients of the Kimmel Foundation Emerging Artist Awards - visual artist Sophia Kay Ruppert and writer Amy Keller. Each award includes a $1,000 stipend and a two-week residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. The awards are sponsored by the Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation.

Video Sponsors are Pinnacle Bank; Letheby Group RBC Wealth Management; Farmers Mutual of Nebraska; and Union Bank and Trust. The Winner's Virtual Experience Sponsor is Merrill Lynch Roper Bennett Team. The Online Art Auction Sponsor is Dahlsten Truck Lines.

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