Arts Reception on February 9 Honors Award Recipients

As sixty arts supporters gathered at the Celebrate the Arts Reception, several annual awards were announced by the Arts Council.

 Luke McCurdy, one of Darman's former students, accepted the plaque on behalf of Darman.

 Luke McCurdy, one of Darman's former students, accepted the plaque on behalf of Darman.

Candace Mazur Darman was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the arts in Westerville.

For more than 30 years, Candace has provided thousands of youthful performers with a nurturing environment where their imaginations can explore and grow. In Westerville, Candace does this through her residencies at Hanby Elementary School; by teaching an Energizing Education course at Otterbein University, to help teachers bring innovative drama activities to the classroom; by providing dramatic entertainment at the Westerville Music & Arts Festival and Starry Night; and leading her young cast to present a version of The Grinch at Westerville’s Parks & Recreation Program Center.

The Arts Council saluted and thanked Candace for her support of the arts in our community.

Established in 2015, the Arts Education Grant was created by Arts Council to support unique learning opportunities in the arts and independent and creative thinking on the part of students.

For the 2017-2018 school year, two Arts Education Grants were presented:

Hawthorne Mandolin Project was awarded $300 towards purchase of mandolins and strings for the students at Hawthorne Elementary. The project was submitted by Mick Broderick and Sarah McPeak to continue the culture of music they have established are now able to expand to mandolins.

 “Ceramics: Beyond Hand-Building!” to help acquire an electric potter’s wheel for the students at Heritage Middle School.  With the wheel, educators will increase the student knowledge base and exposure to different ceramic processes early in their art career, inspiring them to develop their skills further.  The project was submitted by Chas McCutcheon and Megan Walker.

The Arts Council commends these teachers for their innovative initiatives to enhance educational opportunities for students.