A frontrunner who has guided the South Haven Middle for the Arts via the difficulties posed by COVID-19 restrictions is being honored by the Arts Council Better Kalamazoo,
Kerry Hagy, govt director of the South Haven Middle for the Arts, is amongst 10 people, organizations and companies which have been named the 2021 Group Arts Award recipients by the Arts Council of Better Kalamazoo.
Hagy is one in every of three recipients of the Arts Council’s Gayle Hoogstraten Arts Management Award, which acknowledges leaders in Southwest Michigan in two classes: arts training and humanities administration.
Named for the humanities council’s first full-time govt director, the Arts Management Award is given to cultural leaders who go above and past their job descriptions to make a robust influence on their communities via artwork, and who additionally develop cultural relationships outdoors of their establishments.
“By Kerry’s management, the South Haven Middle for the Arts has been capable of keep the group in a constructive method all through the pandemic,” the Arts Council wrote in a information launch. “South Haven Middle for the Arts switched to on-line programming, workshops, exhibitions and gallery openings via Zoom and adjusted scheduled exhibitions from in-person to on-line with a really constructive response. Throughout the transition to opening the artwork heart to the general public once more, Kerry was capable of create a full schedule of programming and occasions on brief discover all whereas conserving in thoughts the security of the employees, members, volunteers and guests. Indoor youngsters’s artwork lessons have been modified to out of doors artwork lessons in a good looking backyard on the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum’s grounds in South Haven.”
Whereas conserving busy together with her administrative duties on the artwork heart, Hagy additionally makes time to assist with different arts-related initiatives all through the realm. She helped arts organizations in Berrien County apply for funding for a mural challenge, helped South Haven Public Colleges apply for an arts-related grant, and has provided grant-writing expertise to different people and organizations, together with the Scott Membership, a cultural arts group in South Haven.
The opposite award recipients are Bryan Zocher, administrator with the Lincoln Middle Schooling for the Arts program; Cara Lieurance, WMUK-FM radio host for arts-related applications; Lori Moore, theater performer and humanities advocator in Kalamazoo; Morgan Brown, Younger Artist Award for her involvement with Rootead Youth Dance Firm; Bell’s Brewery, Enterprise Arts Award for supporting the high-quality arts; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Epic Award for serving the group for 96 years; Mandy Clearwaters, Arts Management Award for showcasing Kalamazoo Public Colleges’ scholar artwork initiatives all through the group; Aubrey Jewel Rogers, Arts Management Award for her work as an teacher at Kalamazoo Valley Group Faculty’s Middle for New Media; and Judah Gesmundo, Theodore C. Cooper Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service for serving on the Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers board of administrators for greater than 20 years.