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Maxwell Barnes will receive the Dutchess County Executive’s Art award for Youth with Exceptional Promise on Oct. 22. (Photo: Dylan Goodman Photography)

This year marks the 34th Annual Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Awards.

The awards were established by Lucille Pattison, an arts enthusiast and former Dutchess County Executive. Pattison was inspired, after receiving the 1985 New York State Governor’s Arts Award, to institute the Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Awards the following year.

Arts Mid-Hudson continues this annual tradition in 2020, recognizing eight individuals, organizations and businesses that contribute to the vibrant creative life in Dutchess County. The recipients were selected from public nominations and awarded based on their important contribution to the growth of Dutchess County’s cultural life.

This year, Family Services Center is awarded the Arts Award for a Business recognizing its extraordinary support of the arts and its vision of using the arts to enhance community life and enrich Dutchess County’s cultural heritage. The vision begins outside the building with the musician sculptures and continues inside the building with 46 murals throughout.

The Arts Organization Award goes to ABClatino, an organization with a mission to share the Spanish language, arts and culture through art exhibits, a Latin cine club, and dance events.  

Artists across Dutchess County are honored for the work they do to build community connections and enhance community life. For example, the Art in Public Places award goes to John Breiner, who has completed several murals in the downtown Poughkeepsie area. “Public art is quite simply a way to give back,” Breiner said.

The Artivist Award goes to an artist who involves the community in their work. Theresa Gooby is the recipient in recognition of years of volunteer management founding the Beacon Open Studios, her service on the board of nonprofit BeaconArts, and most recently through Beacon of Love, a coalition of city residents raising funds to provide food to those in need.

Florence Northcutt will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts for her work at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, an organization she led for 40 years and where she continues to volunteer. Northcutt is a strong advocate of diversity in life and art, and under her guiding hand, the Howland Cultural Center presented experimental programming that responded to current issues.  

Dave Cole will receive a Special Citation in the Arts for his work as a musician and director of the Big Band Sound and the Southern Dutchess Concert Band that performs throughout the area.

The Youth with Exceptional Promise in the Arts Award goes to Maxwell Barnes, a senior at Red Hook High School. His primary instrument is tenor saxophone, but he plays multiple instruments, is an IB student and plans to study music and physics in college.

The Arts in Education Award goes to the Art Effect, which leads youth through multiple art-centric projects that create a safe place for all students to learn, create and play. The Art Effect’s Portfolio Day, Forge Media and Spark Studios create opportunities for youth to learn real skills that will serve them in their adult lives.

Linda Marston-Reid is an artist, writer and executive director of Arts Mid-Hudson. Art From Here appears every other week in Sunday Life. Contact her at 845-454-3222 or [email protected] 

Planning to attend:

What: 34th Annual Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Awards

When: Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Who: The virtual event features live guest MC (Grace) Angela Henry and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.

Tickets: $10 through Arts Mid-Hudson’s webpage artsmidhudson.org/dutchess-county-executives-arts-awards.

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