The City of Raleigh Arts Commission has selected six individuals to receive the 2016 Raleigh Medal of Arts, the City’s highest arts honor, the City’s Office of Raleigh Arts announced today.
The awardees are William Henry Curry, former resident conductor of the North Carolina Symphony; fashion designer Eric Ennis; Sharon Moore, NC State LIVE director; Sarah Powers, executive director of Visual Art Exchange; ballet dancer and mentor Dr. Mel Tomlinson; and Virginia Zehr, a founding board member of Community Music School and former staff member of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.
The Raleigh Medal of Arts ceremony, featuring special guests and performances, will be held on Thursday, October 6 in the Fletcher Opera Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Details will be announced at a later date. The event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Raleigh Medal of Arts is awarded for extraordinary lifetime achievement in the practice or support of local arts. Based on the National Medal of Arts program, the Raleigh Medal of Arts was inaugurated in 1984 by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission so that excellence in the arts could be given special recognition. Over the past 32 years, 151 medals have been awarded.
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Photo by Becky Kirkland, NC State University.