By Chris Scoggins
The Arts Council will pay tribute to supporters of the arts and artists at “Celebrate the Arts “on September 9 held at the Brazos County Expo. The event serves as a fundraiser for the non-profit organization to fund art programs in the area.
“A lot of the funding goes to our general operating fund,” says Visitor Services Coordinator Rachel Hoekstra. “For a lot of our programs, we are very fortunate to receive grants for but when it comes to the basics and to the extras we have to raise money through events like this. It helps make sure we can keep our programs going.”
The Global Events catering company will be providing food for Celebrate the Arts. There will also be a live auction, music, dancing, and an awards ceremony to recognize several artists and promoters of the arts.
“In the past we’ve recognized the supporters and champions of the arts and we’ve never really recognized individual artists in our community until recently,” says Hoekstra “So we’ve been excited to establish the Artist of the Year Award.”
This year, the Artist of the Year Award will go to Marcelo Bussiki, a Brazilian native and current musical conductor of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. Bussiki has been the conductor since 1996 and was recently named the Dean of Performing Arts at Blinn College. In addition to the Artist of the Year Award, other awards will also be presented, including the Volunteer of the Year Award, Art Business Patron Award, Jane Wolfe Distinguished Leadership Award and the D.A. “Andy” Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award. In keeping with the Artist of the Year selection, this year’s banquet will focus more on the symphonic arts.
“Our focus is going to be more performing arts and more focused on music this year,” says Arts Council C.E.O. Chris Dyer. “Another thing we promote is that we don’t just support visual arts, but all styles of art.”
“The whole point of the event in general is just to celebrate all we have going on in the community in the arts and help our supporters realize there are very diverse groups of artists and art organizations in our community,” says Dyer. “It reminds people how much we have going on. I don’t think a lot of people realize how much Bryan/College Station has going on in the arts.”
For those that wish to attend, tickets cost $100. Attendees can also help by becoming underwriters for a table sponsorship ranging from $1200 to $5000. With the support of the community and the fundraising from this event, Dyer hopes to continue the Art Council’s legacy as a champion of the arts in the Brazos Valley.
“Our whole goal here is to make the arts infrastructure in our community very strong,” says Dyer. “Our role as the Arts Council is to provide the resources for those creating art in our community, in order to allow them to continue do what they are doing.”