GHIO 2013 Winners: Week 2

The Greenville Arts Council announces the second two winners of the 2013 Greenville Honors Its Own event.  For 30 years, the Greenville Arts Council has honored artists with roots in Washington County who have made a significant contribution to the world of art and have been recognized outside the Delta for their work. These awards are an important part of the Greenville Arts Council’s mission to promote and support the arts in the area.  In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Greenville Arts Council, the GHIO committee will be announcing two winners each week from January 14, 2013 until February 4, 2013.

The next two awardees are Leland Frog Fest and Producer and Director Shawn Wilson.

The Special Achievement award is given to a person, organization or group of individuals who have contributed greatly to the cultural vitality of Greenville/Washington County. This year’s recipient is Leland Frog Fest. The first Leland Frog fest was held on September 24, 2011. The event came about as a way to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Jim Henson Delta Boyhood Exhibit and what would have been Henson’s 75th birthday. During the first Leland Frog Fest Mayor James Lowe read a proclamation renaming the Broad Street Bridge to the Rainbow Connection Bridge in Honor of Jim Henson to a crowd of over 350 people. Families from all over the Delta enjoyed watching performances from storytellers, puppeteers, and a magician, as well as participating in hands-on art activities with area organizations. Due to the major success of the first Leland Frog Fest the event will continue to be celebrated on milestone years. More information about Leland Frog Fest can be found at their website and the Leland Frog Fest Facebook page.

The first of three Artist Awards is given to Producer and Director Shawn Wilson. Artist awards are given to individuals with Greenville or Washington County roots who have achieved recognition outside the Delta for their work; they do not have to currently reside in Greenville.  Shawn Wilson has spent the past several years in Ethnographic Research, Writer and Director, Shawn Wilson fuses ethnographic research with documentary filmmaking to produce progressive research films that go beyond the limitations of focus groups and reveals truth in consumer behavior. Wilson’s clients include the American Red Cross, Forbes Magazine, Kodak and American Express.  As a Writer and Director his documentary, “Separate, but Equal” received the Run & Shoot MVAAFF Best Documentary Award sponsored by HBO. Wilson resides in Brooklyn, New York with his partner of 15 years and their son.

Greenville Honors Its Own is scheduled on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Greenville Arts Council at 662.332.2246. Along with reservations there are multiple sponsorship levels available. Funds raised at Greenville Honors Its Own help ensure that their programs are free or affordable and always accessible to everyone in Washington County Area.

Additional 2013 GHIO winners that have already been announced are:
Arts in Education Award: O’Bannon Elementary School
Business Award: Chillie’s Package Store