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Announcing the 2022 Celebration of Alabama Arts honorees

Announcing the 2022 Celebration of Alabama Arts honorees
Seven special Alabamians to be honored on May 18 in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY, Ala., (March 16, 2022) — Alabama State Council on the Arts announces the names of seven individuals that will be honored for their contributions to our state’s rich cultural landscape during the 2022 Celebration of Alabama Arts ceremony on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 7:00 pm.

The Celebration of Alabama Arts recognizes notable Alabamians for their work and contribution to the arts in Alabama, across the United States, and beyond. The efforts of artists, arts administrators, creative economy leaders, arts educators, and stewards of traditional art forms across the state result in prosperous communities. Alabama is strengthened when creativity and artistic efforts thrive.

“These individuals represent the state’s immense artistic talent, leadership, and generosity that are an integral part of the cultural landscape of Alabama,” said Dr. Elliot Knight, executive director of the Council on the Arts. “The 2022 honorees have contributed significantly to defining our state’s creative community.”

The 2022 award recipients and categories follow:

  • Wes Chapman, ballet dancer/artistic director from Birmingham – Governor’s Arts Award
  • Jason Ferdinand, conductor/composer from Huntsville – Governor’s Arts Award
  • Clifton Pearson, visual artist from Huntsville – Governor’s Arts Award
  • Mary Settle Cooney, arts administrator from Sheffield – Jonnie Dee Riley Little Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Patty McDonald, arts patron from Birmingham (posthumous award) – Albert B. Head Legacy Award
  • Stanley Smith, Sacred Harp singer/composer from Ozark – Alabama Folk Heritage Award
  • David Hood, musician from Muscle Shoals – Alabama Distinguished Artist Award

The contributions of these remarkable individuals will be recognized with memorable performances in their honor. The free event will be held at Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, with Tonya Terry hosting. Complimentary tickets must be reserved in advance through the ASF box office. Visit asf.net/celebrate or call 334-271-5353 for ticketing details and arts.alabama.gov/celebrate to learn more about this exciting Celebration.


About Alabama State Council on the Arts

The Council on the Arts is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts in Alabama. The Council works to expand and preserve the state’s cultural resources by supporting nonprofit arts organizations, schools, colleges, units of local government, and individual artists. Arts programs, assisted by Council grants, have a track record of enhancing community development, education, cultural tourism, and overall quality of life in all regions of the state. Alabama State Council on the Arts grants are made possible by an annual appropriation from the Alabama Legislature and additional funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Learn more at arts.alabama.gov.