Community members will gather Friday, March 22 at the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center to honor nine men and women who have not only made significant contributions, but have gone the extra mile to promote and support the cultural vitality of the arts within our community and nation. This year the Greenville Arts Council will also celebrate 30 years of community arts programming in Greenville by recognizing their original founders.
Greenville Honors Its Own is the Arts Council’s only major fundraising event and proceeds contribute substantially to helping the arts council to continue bringing the arts to the community through community events, art classes, art exhibitions, art camps for youth, and free arts programming and hands-on curriculum-based arts education for approximately 5,000 school children every year.
Woodrow Wilkins of WXVT will be the Master of Ceremonies; Woodrow Wilkins is a native of Greenville. He is a reporter at WXVT TV 15. Before that, he spent many years as writer, copy editor and page designer at the Delta Democrat Times. Woody is a longtime supporter and performer with the arts, having covered many events as a journalist as well as being active in community arts programs. He is currently a board member with the Delta Symphony Association and has served on the board of directors for Delta Center Stage. He is also a veteran actor and director with Delta Center Stage. Woody also loves to sing. For the past 10 years, he has been a member of the Greenville Community Harmony Chorus, and he has performed with the Red Cross Chorus dinner theater. Woody hosts a radio program, the “Whirlwind Jazz Hour” on community radio station WDSV. And when he’s not doing one or more of those things, he’s writing. He is a regular contributor to the Web site, Smooth and Soul, where he writes reviews of new releases in jazz. And last month (February), he published his debut novel, “Delta Blue.” He’s also a volunteer with the Rotary Club’s Reading Buddy program at Stern Elementary School.
This year’s GHIO will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center. Guest will enjoy the music of Jazz Persuasion, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by The Pantry, and the awards presentation will follow.
This celebration honors the people who have in some way utilized the arts to empower the community.
This year’s recipients are:
- Bert Miller Volunteer Award: Lisa Percy
- Business Award: Chillie’s Package Store
- Arts in Education Award: O’Bannon Elementary School
- Special Achievement Award: Leland Frog Fest
- Artist Award: Shawn Wilson
- Artist Award: Lisa Chow
- Artist Award: Steve Azar
- Georgie Fisher Lifetime Achievement Award: William Beckwith
- Chuck Jordan Lifetime Contribution Award: The Howard and Carole Brent Foundation
Tickets for GHIO are $60 per person. A variety of sponsorship are available, and reservations may be made by calling the Greenville Arts Council at 332-2246. All proceeds from this event help support the programming of the Greenville Arts Council.