Cultural Council’s Arts Awards honor best, brightest

The 42nd Annual Arts Awards, Jacksonville’s equivalent to the Oscars, Tonys, Emmys and the Grammys all in one, honored many deserving artists at the May 5 event at the U.S. Assure Club.

Emily Lisska, former Executive Director of the Jacksonville Historical Society for 21 years, was presented with the Helen Lane Founders Award and the Robert Arleigh White Award for Advocacy was given to Shawana Brooks, Arts and Culture Developer for the Jacksonville Public Library. Others honored included Malcolm Jackson, Visual Artist of the Year; Tim Gilmore, Literary Artist of the Year; Philip Pan, former concertmaster of the Jacksonville Symphony, Performing Artist of the Year; Tony Rodrigues, Arts Educator of the Year; Heather Moore, the Art of Giving Award, and Color Me Kona, Production of the Year Award.

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