HOLA Receive Arts Awards
By Leonard Jacobs
Manhattan Theatre Club and the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA)
are among the recipients of the 2002 Governor's Arts Awards, distributed
Mon., Nov. 18 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Established by Governor
Nelson Rockefeller in 1966, the awards celebrate outstanding individuals
in the arts as well as important and distinguished arts organizations.
Nominations for the awards are made by the public, selected by the New
York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), and ultimately confirmed by the
governor. At this year's ceremony, Governor George E. Pataki was joined
by actor Sam Waterston, who served as Master of Ceremonies, and Richard
J. Schwartz, chairman of NYSCA.
"Tonight we pay tribute to the extraordinary
artists, individuals, and cultural institutions whose contributions to
the cultural, aesthetic, and economic well-being of all New Yorkers are
truly exceptional," said Schwartz. "The 2002 Governor's Arts
Awards recipients are exceptional representatives of the diversity of
New York State's artistic community." In all, 11 awards were distributed,
including honors to: the American Museum of the Moving Image; the Arts
Council of Buffalo and Erie County; the Bardavon 1869 Opera House; the
Center for Arts and Education; H.T. Chen & Dancers; former State Senator
Roy M. Goodman; photographer, filmmaker, and writer Gordon Parks; the
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; and noted gallery director Douglas G.
Founded in 1970, Manhattan Theatre Club,
with over 20,000 subscribers, is one of the largest nonprofit theatre
groups in New York City. Under the longtime leadership of Artistic Director
Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC shows have won 11
Tonys, three Pulitzers, and 40 Obies. This week, in addition, MTC announced
it has raised $26 million of the $35 million needed to finish the renovation
of Broadway's Biltmore Theatre, the company's first Main Stem toehold.
The theatre is slated to open next fall with a new play by Terrence McNally.
Founded in 1975, HOLA is a membership-based
nonprofit arts service organization committed to "exploring and expanding
available avenues for projecting Hispanic artists and their culture" into the mainstream of the entertainment industry. Their range of services
includes a talent referral program and directory, a quarterly newsletter,
telephone hotline, professional counseling services, and workshops and
seminars. The 2002 Governor's Arts Awards were handed out by New York
State First Lady Libby Pataki; Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner
Kate Levin; and a list of celebrities that included Christine Baranski,
Avery Brooks, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Bill Irwin, Linda Lavin, Rita Moreno,
Estelle Parsons, and Jimmy Smits.
...Reprinted with permission from Backstage Performing Arts Weekly, VNU
Business Media, Inc 2002