If you had planned on attending the Arts Awards luncheon at the New Haven Lawn Club on Thursday, make new plans. I’m happy to see it’s been sold out.
Alderwoman Frances “Bitsie” Clark, the former executive director of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, is this year’s recipient of the C. Newton Schenck III Award for Lifetime Achievement in and Contribution to the Arts.
The other honorees were selected by a community jury: Rosalyn Cama, president and principal interior designer at CAMA, Inc.; small-business owner, community and arts activist Lou Cox, the owner of Channel 1 skateboard shop and gallery; guitarist and singer-songwriter Bill Collins; the Shoreline Arts Alliance; and Project Storefronts, a project conceived by Public Art Coordinator Margaret Bodell and City of New Haven Department of Cultural Affairs Director Barbara Lamb to offer “creative entrepreneurs a chance to test the viability of a creative business without the heavy burden of risk.”
According to the media release, Clark is “a passionate and visionary advocate for the arts for decades. … Intellectually curious and an optimist by nature, she has been and continues to be, by example, a teacher and role model. A board member of numerous arts organizations, Clark is frequently called upon for her steadfast voice and dynamic leadership in the city’s cultural community.”