CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS AWARDS & GALA

Tuesday, May 17th
Alabama Shakespeare Festival
7:30 p.m
 
The evening will include performances honoring each of the award recipients.
The event is FREE and open to the public, but tickets MUST be reserved.
 
For information about the award recipients click here
 
NOTE: Complimentary tickets are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis. Contact the ASF Box Office at 334-271-5353
 
This year’s recipients include artists, community arts leaders, arts educators and a former First Lady. Their contribution over a sustained period has greatly enhanced the cultural landscape in Alabama. They are:

  • Joe McInnes, Montgomery – The Jonnie Dee Little Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Rebecca Luker, Birmingham/New York – Alabama’s Distinguished Artist Award
  • Dale Kennington, Dothan – Governor’s Arts Award
  • Dr. Henry Panion, III, Birmingham – Governor’s Arts Award
  • Sena Jeter Naslund, Birmingham/Louisville – Governor’s Arts Award
  • Joyce Cauthen, Birmingham – Governor’s Arts Award
  • James Bryan, Mentone – The Alabama Folk Heritage Award
  • Former First Lady Patsy Riley, Montgomery/Ashland – Special Council Award

The program of the evening will celebrate “The Year of Alabama Music” and performers for the event will begin with David Hood & the Decoys and Eddie Floyd. David Hood & the Decoys are a rock n’ roll band, featuring five of the most seasoned musicians anywhere. David Hood, bass guitarist, was a member of the world famous Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, better known as “The Swampers”, made famous in the song “Sweet Home Alabama.” David has played on a list of albums that reads like a who’s who of the music industry, such as Aretha Franklin, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, The Staple Singers, Paul Simon, Traffic, and many more. David was recently inducted, along with the rest of “The Swampers,” into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN.

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