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‘Batman,’ Two Local Residents to Be Honored With Arts Awards

Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, first lady of Pennsylvania, announces this year's recipients of the Governor's Awards for the Arts, to be presented Nov. 12 at the Community Arts Center.Actor Michael Keaton − best known for his rolesin “Beetlejuice” and the two Tim Burton-directed “Batman” movies − and two Williamsport residents will be among the recipients of the Governor’s Awards for the Arts, announced at the Community Arts Center on Tuesday by Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, first lady of Pennsylvania.

The arts center will be the venue for the Nov. 12 presentation of the awards, a 28-year gubernatorial tradition honoring outstanding Pennsylvania artists, arts organizations and patrons who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts.

“It is my great privilege to announce the recipients of this year’s Governor’s Awards for the Arts,” said the first lady, who was joined by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Chairman Diane Dalto and Executive Director Philip Horn. “The winners exemplify the excellence and diversity of the arts in Pennsylvania. Each has made a lasting contribution to our state. Their achievements in the arts are a model for young Pennsylvania artists and an inspiration for all.”

Gov. Edward G. Rendell will present the awards to the following recipients at 6:45 p.m. Nov. 12:

  • Distinguished Arts Award − Michael Keaton, award winning actor and Pittsburgh-area native
  • Pennsylvania Creative Community Award − legendary jazz artist Phil Woods and the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts, the annual jazz and arts festival that he co-founded in 1978
  • Artist of the Year − poet, essayist and founding editor of Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz & Literature, Sascha Feinstein, of Williamsport, an English professor at Lycoming College
  • Outstanding Leadership & Service to Arts Education Award − North Philadelphia’s Taller Puertorriqueño, nationally-recognized arts organization known as the “Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia,” whose mission is to preserve, promote and develop Latino arts and culture
  • Patron Award − Barbara B. Hudock, of Williamsport, managing principal and founding partner of Hudock Moyer Wealth Management
  • Outstanding Leadership & Service to Youth Award − The PAL Center for the Arts Unit of The Olivet Boys & Girls Club of Reading & Berks County, an arts center and arts mentoring program for high-risk students.

The November ceremony is free and open to the public. A ticketed reception will follow.

Holding the state ceremony in a different venue each year enables new regions of the state to share in this celebration of the arts. It also provides the opportunity for the host region to showcase its unique cultural assets to an audience that draws cultural leaders from across the state. Past host cities have included Greensburg, Wilkes-Barre, Reading, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Harrisburg, Altoona, Philadelphia and Gettysburg.

The Governor’s Awards for the Arts is administered by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The council’s mission is to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state. An open call for nominations was issued to arts organizations, artists, arts patrons, elected officials and members of the public. More than 75 nominations were received.

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