United Arts Alliance Announces
2014 ARTS Hall of Fame Inductees
Anthony (Tony) J. Farrell, Sr., Janesville: musician, private music teacher & mentor, community volunteer and business leader
Jim Lyke, Milton: author, play write, actor, director, radio personality, and
Congratulations to the 2014 JAC Award Winners!
ROOTS AWARD – Callie Schouten
sponsored by HufCor
EMERGING STAR – Chandler Cook
sponsored by Lamar Advertising
FINE ARTS EDUCATOR – Amy Cossette (Craig High School)
sponsored by Mercy Health System
PERFORMING ARTS EDUCATOR – Adrian Farris (Monroe Elementary)
sponsored by BMO Health System
PEOPLE’S CHOICE CATEGORIES
Guests voted with their dollars and the JAC Award was given to the nominee who raised the most money.
ACTOR - Dave Bitter (Fagin, Oliver)
sponsored by Janesville Community Radio
ACTRESS - DeShawn Christiansen (Lucy, Jekyll & Hyde)
sponsored by UAA
LIVE BAND - Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra
sponsored by Theresa Carroll
PHOTOGRAPHER - Mary Richards
sponsored by Basics Food Cooperative
SOLO PERFORMER - Tyler Kerbel
sponsored by Knapton Musik Knotes
DENNIS VECHINSKY AWARD FOR THEATRE PRODUCTION - Les Miserables (SDJ, Jim Tropp)
sponsored by John Feeney
CREATIVE WRITER – Jamie Swenson (BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!)
sponsored by Hedberg Public Library
CULINARY ARTIST - Luke’s Deli
sponsored by The Little Bean
DANCE GROUP – First Position Dance Studio
sponsored by 5678 Dance Studio
FINE ARTIST – Adam Zellmer
sponsored by Raven’s Wish
ORIGINAL FILM - Take it From Me (Drywater Productions)
sponsored by Pinky’s Boutique
ORIGINAL SONG - Uncomplicated Love (Teresa Nguyen)
sponsored by Voigt Music
Welcome to United Arts Alliance!
Originally started in 1996 as a way to create a performing arts space in Janesville, , UAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is “to foster an improved awareness and appreciation of the arts”. To do this, every year UAA produces several events, which recognize arts and artists in Rock County, including Arts Hall of Fame and ArtsFest. Starting in 2011, UAA launched Janesville Area Creativity (JAC) awards, which present awards for creativity of all sorts: from outstanding theater production, to culinary artist and hair designer. Money raised from JAC awards support our scholarship fund. Every year, UAA gives out scholarships to several Rock County residents looking to continue their education in art. Thanks to your support of JAC awards, we have been able to quadruple the amount of each scholarship!
Going forward, UAA is excited to partner with Janesville Performing Arts Center to sponsor a series of talks called CREATIVE VISION: Sustaining Arts in Rock County. These will lay the foundation for strategic planning for the future of arts in Janesville and Rock County. As part of Creative Vision talks, UAA will bring 4 speakers per year, who will help our arts community work together towards developing and implementing a joint vision. The first of these talks took place on July 17 at 8 am at JPAC. You are invited to attend and then participate in the discussions that will follow on that date and beyond.
UAA general membership meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 8 am at Basics and we hope you will join us, whether you are an artist, an arts organization, an arts business, or an arts supporter. We are all in this together, and it takes all of us to make Rock County arts scene grow and prosper.
Take a minute to browse this website, check out our calendar of events, and follow United Arts Alliance on Facebook!
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