The Ogden City Mayor’s Awards in the Arts was held last week at Union Station’s Browning Theater on November 1, 2018. Ten Ogden creatives were honored with custom-made awards designed and built by Lauren and James Argo with Industrial Art & Design. Throughout the evening, music graced the theater provided by local jazz band METRO. The master of ceremonies, Brandon Long, who also hosts Van Sessions at The Monarch on First Friday’s, was also a recipient of the Media Arts Award. A video created by Ogden’s Alexia Martinez highlighted each of the honorees during the award ceremony.
“This event is something we look forward to putting on each year," said Lorie Buckley, the Ogden Arts Coordinator. "We enjoy recognizing those individuals and organizations who are making a difference in the arts and culture scene here in Ogden. These creatives work diligently, often on a volunteer basis, to give our community access to excellent arts and cultural programming. These individuals and organizations love seeing Ogden grow through the arts. In the future, we hope to build this event into something even greater than what it is now.”
Ogden City’s arts scene is steadily growing each year. Recently, the Nine Rails Creative District has added several new projects such as, the Painted Streets, the newly opened Argo House, and The Monarch building, which is still under construction. The Monarch building is the location of a new mural that is gaining national attention. The Monarch in Moda was completed by artist Jane Kim, and is part of a nationwide mural project to help bring awareness to the decline of the monarch butterfly population. With support from Ogden City Council, arts grants have been made available to the public. These grants give local organizations and individuals the opportunity to bring their art to life. Whether through visual arts, music, street murals, literature, theatre, and more, these projects have all come together to improve Ogden City.
“Being able to acknowledge new recipients each year for their courage and commitment is such an honor for me," said the Mayor of Ogden, Mike Caldwell. "The honorees leave their personal mark on Ogden through their stories and art and help bring new energy and excitement to residents and visitors in from all over the country. I look forward to highlighting the work that these individuals and organizations do to make our community special.”
Nominations for Mayor’s Awards are open year round. To nominate a local creative that is making a difference in the arts, please visit the Mayor's Awards webpage. For more information about Ogden City Arts visit the Ogden City Arts webpage.
2018 Mayor’s Awards in the Arts Honorees
Lifetime Contribution - Organization: Ogden Nature Center
Lifetime Contribution - Individual: Michael Palumbo
Arts Advocacy: Patrick Poce
Arts in Education: K Stevenson
Design Arts: Carbon Architects
Media Arts: R. Brandon Long
Media Arts: Todd Oberndorfer
Performing Arts - Organization: Jazz at the Station
Performing Arts - Individual: Shane Osguthorpe
Visual Arts: Shanna Kunz