Join HOTA celebration tonight

By Barb Van Atta

The public is invited today (Nov. 1) to celebrate the recipients of the Broome County Arts Council’s Heart of the Arts and Lifetime Achievement Awards. The ninth annual presentation ceremony and celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. in BCAC’s gallery space adjacent to its office on the fifth floor of Stephens Square, 81 State St., Binghamton. The theme of this free community celebration is “The Arts Connect … .” For more information, call the arts council at 723-4620 or e-mail information@bcartscouncil.com. Read the rest of this entry »

HOTA winners Deemie, Sall take arts to the streets

By Barb Van Atta

Winners of the ninth annual Broome County Arts Council’s Heart of the Arts (HOTA) and Lifetime Achievement Awards were announced Wednesday (Oct. 17). Here’s a closer look at Julie Deemie and Ron Sall, the recipients of HOTA awards honoring recent significant contributions to the arts in Broome County: Read the rest of this entry »

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Four named as Heart of the Arts winners

By Barb Van Atta

To be at the heart of the arts does not necessarily mean you are a creator of art. You also can be a person who brings artistic creations to your community. Winners of the ninth annual Broome County Arts Council’s Heart of the Arts and Lifetime Achievement Awards spend at least part of their time behind the scenes, helping make those essential connections between artists and their audiences. Read the rest of this entry »

HOTA Celebration is Thursday

Just a quick reminder that the Broome County Arts Council’s 2011 Heart of the Arts Awards Celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 29)  in the recital hall of The Forum, 236 Washington St., Binghamton. Read the rest of this entry »

Roberson, TCO and S.T.A.R. leaders honored with HOTA awards

By Barb Van Atta

In a year that saw financial upheaval for even the nation’s most prestigious arts organizations, the Broome County Arts Council’s annual Heart of the Arts awards are going to people who have had the courage  to guide established groups in new directions and the vision to launch new opportunities for artists and arts lovers in our community.

Three HOTA awards are granted every year. The 2011 recipients, announced today (Sept. 21) at a press conference at the BCAC office, are: Terry McDonald, executive director of the Roberson Museum & Science Center in Binghamton; Reed Smith, general director of Tri-Cities Opera, and, jointly, the founders of S.T.A.R. (Southern Tier Actors Read), Judy McMahon and Heidi Weeks. (See following article about Lifetime Achievement honoree Lance G. Hill.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Lifetime Achievement spotlight shines on concert halls’ ‘man in the shadows,’ Lance Hill

By Barb Van Atta

To pop music, it is Billy Joel, but in the Broome County classical community, the true piano man is Lance G. Hill, who has been a tuner and technician for more than 50 years. Hill, also the host WPEL-FM’s weekly broadcast Music and the Artist, is the 2011 recipient of the Broome County Arts Council’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award. Read the rest of this entry »

Share your thoughts with HOTA honorees

Do you have a story to tell about Heart of the Arts Awards honorees Lou Ligouri, Pam Ondrusek and Billy Carroll or about  Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Pokey Crocker? Please share it here. You also can use this space to offer your congratulations to the BCAC’s “Class of 2010.”