Albert Beck and Bob Havens were honored by Arts Quincy during the organization’s 70th annual meeting on Wednesday, April 11 with a George M. Irwin Lifetime Achievement Award.
Beck, an artist, poet, folk singer, creative thinker and teacher, was presented with the award for Visual Arts and Arts Education during the meeting at the Oakley-Lindsay Center. The award is in recognition of a lifetime of artistic vision and dedication to educating visual artists.
During his 40+ year career as an educator, Beck influenced the lives of students from Culver-Stockton College, John Wood Community College and more. A Korean War veteran, Beck’s artwork and poetry has been featured in numerous galleries and museums internationally. At 87 years-old, he continues to inspire others with his wit, enthusiasm and unique perspective of the world.
Musical legend and Quincy native, Bob Havens has also been named a recipient of a George M. Irwin Lifetime Achievement Award for Music and Performing Arts. The award is in recognition of a lifetime of vision, passion and dedication to trombone performance as well as enduring cultural contributions in the Quincy area and beyond. The award will be presented at a later date this spring.
During the annual meeting, guests were treated with tours of Quincy Community Theatre followed by a celebration and review of the organization’s growth and success from the 2017-18 fiscal year. Retiring board members include Kellie Henke, Danielle Fleer, Lee Lindsay, Alana Flynn, Chris Daniels and Mariann Barnard. Mark McDowell is ending his term as president and Holly Cain will serve as president in the next fiscal year. New board members inducted include Chuck Scholz, Alison Shafer and Cinda McClain. Arts Quincy also announced exciting new initiatives and goals for the 2018-19 fiscal year including Philanthropic Impact Planning for partner organizations and a new program, Made in America, which is a free art course for area veterans that will begin in May at the Illinois Veterans Home.
The Quincy Society of Fine Arts’ national award-winning programs work to expand the local economy, strengthen education and insure cost-effective arts programs and services for everyone! To donate, become a member or to learn more, please visit www.artsquincy.org.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and from a grant from the NEA, ART WORKS Program.