Congratulations to the 2017 Honorees

And thank you for all that you do to support, inspire and cultivate arts and culture in Arizona!

Philanthropy Award | Mary Way (Paradise Valley)

Mary Way was honored for her extraordinary philanthropic leadership through the contribution of financial resources to non-profit arts and culture organizations, and by encouraging the philanthropic support of others. Way has had a significant impact on a number of the Valley’s major arts institutions, including ASU Gammage, Southwest Shakespeare, Phoenix Art Museum and has also represented Arizona as a member of the National Endowment for the Arts selection panel.

Artist Award | Katherine Josten (Tucson)

Katherine is an Arizona artist, educator, speaker and founder/director of the Global Art Project, a multi-cultural celebration of peace and diversity that has involved 145,000 participants in 93 countries on seven continents.  Nominated for a UNESCO Prize, the mission of her Global Art Project is to joyously create a culture of peace through art. As an artist, her paintings are included in museum collections and her book, Visions of Global Unity: Inspired Images from the Global Art Project, is sold at the United Nations bookshop in New York City.  

Individual Award | Dr. Ruth Tan Lim (Mesa)

A practicing physician for more than 35 years, Dr. Ruth is also a devoted arts advocate, donor and volunteer as well as a passionate advocate, board member and volunteer for organizations addressing health care for uninsured children, the homeless, migrant workers and an advocate for non-violence. Her support of the arts reflects the important values she places on broad access to quality arts for all people, especially children and young adults. She has served as a board member for Mesa Arts Center Foundation and the i.d.e.a. Museum. She ushers for Arizona Opera, Chandler Center for the Arts and is a docent at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. 

Individual in Arts Education | David Andres (Tucson)

David is a painter, printmaker and photographer whose works are held in private, corporate, museum and institution collections nationwide.  As an artist who thinks globally and acts locally, David has devoted his life to teaching others to discover themselves through their artwork and to further their knowledge of the world and its complexities. For the past 12 years, he has taught printmaking and gallery and museum practices at Pima Community College in Tucson.  Since 2006, as director of the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery at Pima College, he curates and installs 12 exhibits a year. As an arts educator, he is keenly aware of the significance of the visual arts in creating personal identity and bridging cultures.

Organization in Arts Education |Osborn School District (Phoenix)

Osborn School District is a high-achieving, urban public school district serving 3,000 students in Central Phoenix. They are enriched by students, parents and staff who are culturally and linguistically diverse, representing 49 countries and 38 languages.  Nearly 90 percent of Osborn students qualify for free and reduced lunch. The District’s art programs reflect a deep commitment to student access and achievement. Every child receives 50 minutes of music and 50 minutes of visual arts instruction every week from highly qualified teachers. All children have access to free music lessons after school, including participation in the District’s legendary trash can band.   The District is a leader in exploring the intersection between the arts and the environment through its “recycled instrument” and “recycled art” programs.  

Community | Mesa Arts Center (Mesa)

MAC opened in 2005 in the heart of downtown Mesa after operating as a vibrant community arts center for 25 years in a former elementary school in Mesa. MAC is the largest multidisciplinary arts center in the southwestern United States. The mission is to inspire people through engaging arts experiences that are diverse, accessible and relevant. The presenting program features 60-80 performances by established and emerging touring artists and the venue is home to six founding resident companies. MAC’s 14 state-of-the-art studios offer nearly 1,000 visual and performing arts classes annually. MAC has actively experimented with new ways to engage citizens in ways that model the benefits of a healthy arts ecosystem, including sponsorship of programs on Creative Aging and  creative placing-making, as well as partnering and presenting with artists and organizations that promote diversity and address community, social issues.

Small Business | Galianos Café (Douglas)

Galiano's opened in 2012 in downtown Douglas and since then has been a place of gathering. More than just a great coffee shop, Galiano’s is an example of how through arts and great effort, conditions can be changed for a whole town. Owners Robert and Jenea Uribe, a Douglas native, invested their future in the heart of a historic downtown that was slowly, but surely dying. In spite of limited resources, the family continues to strive  They are currently developing the Madison’s Arts and Wine Space as a venue for the arts and to attract more businesses to downtown. Galiano’s Café has been a key partner in the two biggest arts projects developed at the U.S.-Mexico border; Repellent Fence and Dreams Across Borders. 

Large Business | Blue Cross Clue Shield of Arizona

 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona has been a consistent support of arts and culture organizations for many decades. The company’s giving takes many forms from general operating support, education and events to sponsorships. Recipients represent a wide breadth of artistic endeavor including the Phoenix Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Ballet Arizona, Valley Youth Theatre, Heard Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona Opera and the Act One Foundation, among others. In addition, Blue Cross Blue Shield employees contribute their time and talent through volunteerism. The company has been a strong advocate for public support of the arts and the importance of viewing cultural philanthropy as an investment in the strength of our community.