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8 area residents receive Annie Award for contribution to arts community

| October 24, 2014, 04:54 PM | 0 Comments

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The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Annie Awards:

  • Visual Arts — David Diaz: plein air painter and president of the board of Maryland Federation for the Arts
  • Arts Educator — Lori Snyder: senior manager of Anne Arundel County schools performing & visual arts magnet programs
  • Arts Patron — Keren Davison Dement: former chair of the Maryland Arts Council and Maryland Citizens for the Arts, an advocate for the arts
  • Literary Arts — Lynn Auld Schwartz: Story Development editor, writer, and teacher
  • Performing Arts — Edd Miller: actor, director, and set designer
  • Arts Historian- Janice Hayes Williams: local historian and journalist
  • Arts Philanthropists- Cathy and John Belcher, generous supporters of numerous arts organizations
  • Lifetime Achievement — Fred Geil: musician, inventor, sound engineer, and volunteer to dozens of arts organizations.

The purpose of the Annie awards is to highlight the accomplishment of artists, educators, and art supporters to inspire and to promote the arts and historic preservation in Anne Arundel County. The Annie Awards were created in 2000 to recognize the contributions of local artists, educators, and arts patrons who reside in Anne Arundel County.  This year two new categories have been added: Arts Philanthropist and Arts Historian to the previously established categories of  Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Arts Patron, Performing Arts, Arts Educator and Lifetime Achievement.

The awards were distributed at a presentation ceremony held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium at St. John’s College in Annapolis on Wednesday October 15th.

The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County provides grants and support to over forty nonprofit organizations. Providing a resource for the cultural arts community through advocacy, funding, programming, and promotions; the Arts Council supports a variety of groups that include Maryland Hall, Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, and the Captain Avery Museum.  The Arts Council administers the Arts-in-Education Program serving both public and private Anne Arundel County Schools, which provides grant funding to bring performances and artists into auditoriums and classrooms.

For more information about the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and to find out more about the Annie Awards and membership call 410-222-7949 or visit

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