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Award Recipients

Awards 2011 Honorees

Meet the spectacular honorees who have performed true acts of superior leadership and volunteerism in the arts…the crème de la crème in individual and collaborative achievement!

Anne d'Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence

Kevin Eubanks

Philadelphia native Kevin Eubanks is a gifted musician and prolific composer, winner of the BMI Classic Theme Composer Award and received an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music. Kevin is also well known as the Music Director of The Tonight Show Band, appearing on the show 18 years (1992 - 2010). In both situations, Kevin has won over audiences with a laid back style and an affability that seems to belie the concentration and focus that have made him both a household word for TV viewers and a consummate guitarist. His most recent CD ZEN FOOD (released November 22, 2010 on Mack Avenue Records) debuted in the Top Five on the Billboard Jazz Chart and is Kevin's fastest selling record ever.

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G. Fred DiBona, Jr. Individual Leadership Award

Marie Field, Chair of One Book, One Philadelphia Program
Joseph Field. Chairman & Founder, Entercom Communications Corp.

Marie H. Field and Joseph M. Field are being honored for their long-standing support of a broad range of arts and cultural organizations including The Philadelphia Orchestra Association, Settlement Music School, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Singing City, and the Foundation Board of Directors of the Free Library of Philadelphia among many others.

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PNC ARTS ALIVE AWARD for Arts Innovation in honor of Peggy Amsterdam

Fairmount Park Art Association

[Jennifer Richards & Penny Balkin Bach]

The Fairmount Park Art Association’s Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program is a multi-platform interactive audio experience – available for free on the street by cell phone, audio download, iPhone and Android mobile app, QR code, or as streaming audio and audio slideshows on the official program website. There are 35 stops for 51 sculptures, featuring nearly 100 “voices” from all walks of life, including: artists, educators, curators, scientists, writers, historians, civic leaders, and family members – all with personal connections to the sculptures.  On-site interpretive signage and printed maps complement the listening experience. Public art is an ideal introductory cultural experience because it is accessible “on the street,” free to all, and diverse in content. It can be enjoyed spontaneously, alone or in groups, and by residents and tourists alike.  Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO is now an ongoing program of the Fairmount Park Art Association, and there is a great deal of interest among our audiences, partners, and peers to expand the program. The goal of the program is to make the engagement with public art a rewarding experience that will increase viewers’ curiosity and promote the unique approachability and accessibility of Philadelphia’s outstanding collection of public art.

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Business & Arts Partnership Awards

The Business & Arts Partnership Awards recognize successful partnerships between business and arts or cultural organizations. Awards are presented in two categories:

Business & Arts Partnership Award: Large Business with an Arts and Cultural Organization

IBM Corporation & City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

[Back: Diane Melley - IBM, Front: Jane Golden & Robyn Buseman - Mural Arts]

IBM and Mural Arts have a long history of partnerships that unite artists and communities. A most recent joint effort is the Restorative Justice Program, which provides inmates, ex-offenders and juvenile delinquents with the opportunity to learn new skills and make a positive contribution to their communities. These programs emphasize re-entry, reclamation of civic spaces, and the use of art to give voice to people who have consistently felt disconnected from society. Together, IBM and Mural Arts has implemented innovative IBM Reading Companion technology to foster good work habits and enhance both literacy and pronunciation skills among work release prisoners and juvenile offenders. In addition, participants have the opportunity to author, illustrate, and publish e-books for global distribution. The IBM/Mural Arts partnership has helped inmates act on their potential to become positive and productive members of society, particularly for those who will be soon released to their communities, as a way of reducing recidivism in the Philadelphia region.

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Business & Arts Partnership Award: Small Business with an Arts and Cultural Organization

Crane Arts LLC with InLiquid

[Back: Nicholas Kripal & David Gleeson - Crane Arts,
Front: Rachel Zimmerman - InLiquid, Richard Hricko - Crane Arts]

Since the spring of 2006, Crane Arts LLC has partnered with and supported the nonprofit arts organization InLiquid by providing generous in-kind donations of space for exhibitions and events. Over the past two years, InLiquid and Crane Arts have especially collaborated on new initiatives aimed at promoting and sustaining the New Kensington area surrounding Girard Avenue and American Street – not only to create a new destination for arts and culture, but to benefit and enrich the lives of the neighborhood’s residents. Examples include the “Second Thursday” series of coordinated gallery receptions and the first annual “CAFé,” a community festival that brought together a large, culturally diverse group of the city’s best arts and environmental education organizations for a family-oriented day of activities and performances. By providing InLiquid with a recognizable "home base" Crane Arts has given InLiquid the opportunity to strengthen its identity by carving out a tangible physical presence. In turn, Crane Arts has benefited from the visitors at InLiquid’s events introducing a wide and diverse audience base to this new venue. Most importantly, the partnership has resulted in the revitalization of the image of the New Kensington area, instituting a central venue for a neighborhood that is emerging as an exciting new arts district.

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Business Volunteer Awards

The awards for Arts & Business Council Volunteers of the Year recognize outstanding contributions of active business volunteers in four Council programs:

Business On Call Volunteer of the Year Award

Mary Previni, Senior Financial Analyst, GlaxoSmithKline

Mary Previni has been a Business On Call volunteer at GlaxoSmithKline since 2002. She has volunteered with a wide variety of organizations to provide hands-on short-term volunteer support for special events and festivals. Previni has repeatedly volunteered for Pennypacker Mills, Tyler Arboretum, Pottsgrove Manor and Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Flower Show among many others. Her enjoyment, dedication, commitment and consistency are more than evident. She has become an invaluable volunteer due to her reliability, flexibility, and excitement and her sustained commitment has made her a well-known Business On Call volunteer to arts managers. Over the last eight years, Previni has provided over 500 volunteer hours, a notable benchmark that most Business On Call volunteers do not reach.

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Business On Board Member of the Year Award

Stacy Maria Dutton

Dutton joined the board of the Lantern Theater Company in 2005.  Initially she was active on the Finance Committee, and within a short time she was elected Vice President of the Board. In 2008 Dutton was elected President of the Lantern Theater Board of Directors, and it is her board service and leadership during the last two years that has really distinguished her as an amazing Business On Board ambassador. As Board President, Dutton has embraced organizational challenges and helped the company make significant strides. Dutton personally sought out new board members to add specific expertise and connections. She also worked with staff and board members to develop a more effective committee structure and increase board member financial support.

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BVA Volunteer of the Year Award

Carolyn Picciotti, Principal, Picciotti Consulting LLC

Carolyn has been a BVA volunteer with the Council since 1981 and was in the very first BVA class after the Council was established in Philadelphia.  She has worked on several BVA projects, but most recently was her work with the Wood Turning Center in which she facilitated the creation of a new strategic plan.  Not only did Picciotti facilitate planning meetings and keep the project on track, but she went above and beyond, helping with budgeting and financial reports and with organizational issues including human resources and grant-writing advice.  Due to the well-crafted strategic business plan, the Center received a challenge grant that the Board and staff worked together to meet (and even exceed).  This success was followed by additional grants that have put the center on solid ground for the foreseeable future.  Plus, the Center is now planning its move to a new, much more visible, location in Old City, early in 2011. 

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Technology Connectors Volunteer of the Year Award

Joseph Di Stefano, Senior Sales Consultant, Dimension Data North America

Joe Di Stefano is not only a Technology Connectors Volunteer, but he has also been instrumental in assisting the Arts & Business Council’s Technology Advisory Team that helped to redesign of the existing Technology Connectors program to best address the technology needs of regional arts and cultural groups. Di Stefano’s volunteer assignment was with The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society leading a Technology Connectors Strategic Technology Planning (STP) Project. Some of their needs consisted of improving mobile connectivity for staff, leveraging and enhancing data management, utilizing website to support the accomplishment of PHS’s goals and advancing the technology infrastructure. Di Stefano hit it off with the PHS team from the very start and he was able to energize and engage them through the entire process. Di Stefano continues to be involved with PHS, meeting quarterly to support the continuing life cycle of the technology plan.

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PVLA Volunteer of the Year Award

Michael Fein, Esq. Member, Cozen O’Connor

Fein has been a PVLA volunteer since 2000. Over the past two fiscal years he has taken 13 PVLA pro bono matters covering several areas of law, including trademark, copyright litigation, contracts and nondisclosure agreements, and trade secret law.  One specific case he worked on included consulting with Print Liberation, a small artist-run start-up graphic design firm.  Fein accepted the pro bono case to defend Print Liberation when the licensing company that controls the rights to Michael Jackson’s image sued them and hundreds of other defendants in a California court for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Fein spoke reassuringly to the clients about the nature of the suit and their chances of a fast, reasonable settlement they could afford and communicated with his firm’s Los Angeles office to arrange response paper filing in the California court.  Ultimately, the judge dismissed the case against Print Liberation.  Michael truly acted as an advocate for an organization--in reality, for two artists and a small shop--when a big company threatened to effectively shut it down.

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