The Arts Council of Greater New Haven will honor oustanding individuals and organizations from the region at the annual Arts Awards Luncheon on Friday, December 7, at the New Haven Lawn Club. This yera's theme, "Mentors and Shakers," celebrates those whose selfless dedication and behind-the-scenes magic enrich the great community in countless ways. For more information about the Arts Awards, or to purchase tickets, please call (203) 772-2788.


Herbert S. Newman - Recipient of the C. Newton Schenck, III Award for Lifetime Achievement in and Contribution to the Arts – An award-winning architect and inspirational mentor whose breathtaking vision and love of beautiful lines has changed how we look, how we feel and how we interact within the Greater New Haven community.

Louise Endel—A true champion for the arts and humanities, whose boundless energy and steadfast guidance to dozens of organizations and boards have helped foster and connect a thriving cultural community.

Linda Friedlaender—Curator of Education at the Yale Center for British Art whose innovative programming brings the power, beauty and nobility of the arts to all members of the community, from doctors and nurses to students and teachers.

Jesse Hameen II—An accomplished jazz musician and devoted educator at Neighborhood Music School and ACES Educational Center for the Arts whose encouragement, dedication and lively spirit have inspired generations of students, audiences and peers.

New Haven Chorale—A distinguished organization whose commitment to mentorship and community cultural enrichment provides vocalists of all ages the opportunity to study and perform electrifying choral music.

Rafael Ramos—A gifted artist, talented producer and passionate visionary whose groundbreaking company Bregamos Theatre has transformed and revived the spirit of community theatre in the region.

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