Greater Mobile Area Arts Awards

Mobile Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the Tenth Annual Greater Mobile Arts Awards. The awards acknowledge the important contributions that individuals, groups and businesses make to the cultural life of our community.

The awards will be presented in a ceremony to be held Thursday, August 29, at 7:00 p.m. in the 1927 Room at the Saenger Theatre with a reception honoring the recipients immediately following. This event is free and open to the public.

This year’s recipients include:

Artist:  Mike McKee

Business:  Crescent Theater

Educator:  Lori Bilbry Vaghefi

Patron:  Dr. Thomas Rosandich

Organization:  Mobile Symphony

Volunteer:  Dan Silver

Additional Awards for 10th Anniversary:

To celebrate ten years of the Arts Awards program, the Awards Committee, chaired by local artist/educator Katherine D. Seawell, has created two additional awards:

Emerging Artist Riley Brenes

This award acknowledges the exceptional contributions of an early-career artist to the local creative community.

Lifetime Achievement Carmen Brown

This award acknowledges individuals who display an extraordinarycommitment to the overall health and vitality of the Metropolitan Mobile Area through creative means during the course of their lifetime.

Each year a different local artist is commissioned to create the awards. This year, the awards have been created by glass artist and previous Arts Awards recipient Rachel Wright.

The Mobile Arts Council is a private nonprofit organization that serves as an umbrella organization for arts and cultural organization in the Greater Mobile Metropolitan Area, receiving financial support from the City of Mobile, Mobile County Commission, Alabama State Council on the Arts (a State agency), the National Endowment for the Arts, and from local corporations, businesses and individuals.

For more information, contact Bob Burnett, Executive Director, Mobile Arts Council, 251-432-9796 or

Mobile’s Independence Day Celebration

Mobile’s Independence Day Celebration is set to occur on July 4, 2012, at the USS Alabama Memorial Battleship Park. The event features a live concert by the Mobile Pops at 7pm and a fireworks display at 9pm. This is a great event for the whole family! See for more information.