“Quincy is full of talented artists and performers enhancing our daily experiences with arts and culture across the city,” said Executive Director Laura Sievert. “Through the work of these dedicated and inspiring individuals and groups, the arts have become more accessible, visible, interactive and integrated into the lives of our residents and visitors.”
Arts Quincy honored the recipients of the 2017-18 George M. Irwin and Student Art Awards at an award ceremony on Tuesday, May 8 at the Quincy Rotary Club’s Meeting at the Holiday Inn.These awards are designed to recognize the hard work and dedication of these outstanding individuals and organizations. This year, several new categories were added to recognize the many roles each person or organization plays in the promotion of the fine arts.
Winners of the Student Art Awards are chosen by a committee based on criteria that includes academic success, community service, and extra-curricular involvement. Arts Quincy Student Art Awards: Sponsored by HOMEBANK.
Student Art Award Winners were presented a certificate and $200 educational fund from HOMEBANK. Pictured are (l-r) Laura Sievert, Jacob Schreake (Instrumental Music), Noah Klauser (Creative Writing), Adelle Seaman (Theatre/Performing Arts), Hannah Kasparie (Visual Arts) and Lauren Tweedell (Vocal Music). Not pictured is Taylor Kruse (Dance).
Here are the winners of the Student Art Awards:
Hannah Kasparie – Mendon/Unity High School: Hannah, a senior, has been enrolled in each art class at Unity High School all four years, she has participated in Art Club and is currently teaching assistant to Lexi Brumbaugh. She creates pottery, ceramics, paintings, drawings and more. Her extra-curricular activities include FFA, volleyball, basketball and softball. Hannah also helps with community events and participates in the art shows at the Quincy Art Center. Hannah is the daughter of Jason and Amanda Kasparie and has three siblings, Morgan, Caleb and Carter.
Lauren Tweedell – Quincy Senior High School: Lauren, a junior at Quincy Senior High School, is involved in show choir, madrigal choir, concert choir, orchestra, band and is a member of the Q-City Pommers. She is also a member of the Beta Club, student council, and National Honor Society. She takes part in musicals and productions at the high school. She also participates with the Quincy Area Youth Chorus and sings at her church. Lauren is the daughter of Jeff and Sharon Tweedell and has two sisters, Taylor and Audra.
Jacob Schreacke – Quincy Notre Dame High School: Jacob, a senior, plays piano, guitar and has won awards as the trumpet section leader. He plays in the youth band and during Sunday Mass and Mass at QND. He is part of the National Honor Society. His parents are Linda and Brian Schreacke.
Adelle Seaman – Quincy Senior High School: Adelle, a senior, has performed in numerous theatrical performances during her high school career including Thoroughly Modern Millie, Heiress, Fiddler on the Roof, Cocktails with Mimi, Li’l Abner and George Washington Slept Here at Quincy Senior High School. She is involved with Quincy Community Theatre and she was cast in Suessical the Musical, Tarzan and Anne of Green Gables. She was also seen on stage in the opera Carmen with Muddy River Opera Company. She is the daughter of Nathan and Delene Seaman.
Taylor Kruse – Quincy Senior High School: Taylor, a freshman, demonstrates academic success and plays soccer, tennis and clarinet in the band. She has been dancing since age three. She helps other dancers. She volunteers with Operation Serve and is a member of Christ Lutheran Church. She is the daughter of Darrell and Patty Kruse and has two brothers, Nick and Eric.
Noah Klauser – Quincy Notre Dame High School: Noah, a sophomore, is involved with the high school’s Writer’s Guild, Quiz Bowl, English Club and cross country. He enjoys writing short stories and poems. He is the son of Todd and Kelly Klauser.
Winners of the George M. Irwin Art Awards are chosen by a committee based on criteria that demonstrates impact, leadership, engagement, and innovation throughout the community. George M Irwin Art Awards: Sponsored by WGEM, The Quincy Herald Whig and the Oakley Lindsay Foundation.
Arts Access Leader of the Year
Mary Griffith – WTAD & Staradio: This award is given to a person making a significant effort to increase fine arts access and connect existing programs with people in underserved parts of the community including those who are living below the poverty line, the differently-abled, military veterans, the elderly and minorities. As an arts lover, supporter and patron, Mary has a creative flair and works to clearly explain arts opportunities to her radio audience in the region on WTAD AM 930 through the Morning Show and the Mary Griffith Show at Staradio. For years, she has created a dialogue around arts programming and regularly interviews representatives from a large variety of community organizations, special events and more. The listeners get a deep description about the arts programming and are encouraged to attend. (WTAD and Staradio personalities (l-r) Steve Boll and Mary Griffith (Arts Access Leader of the Year Winner) and Laura Sievert (Arts Quincy Executive Director).
Philanthropic Leader of the Year
State Street Bank: This award is given to a local business or individual making a financial commitment to the arts in Adams County. State Street Bank was vital to the success of Arts Quincy’s Sponsor A Classroom Donation Drive in 2017. The program has seen a 300% increase in program requests since 2015. The bank’s generous donation of matching funds for this campaign energized community donations and the cumulative program allowed Arts Quincy to double the number of Adams County students who experienced a hands on art activity or program through the Instant Arts Classroom Funds Program in 2017/2018.
(LEFT) Philanthropic Leader of the Year was awarded to State Street Bank. Pictured are (l-r) Ericka Snider (Marketing Manager), Mike Mahair (President) and Laura Sievert (Arts Quincy Executive Director). Not pictured is Mark Reuschel (Vice President).
Outstanding Fine Arts Teacher of the Year
Kelsey Celek – Quincy Community Theatre: This award is given to an educator that has made a significant contribution in any artistic discipline through outstanding educational programming and other leadership activities. Kelsey is the Head of Education/Director of Student Theatre at Quincy Community Theatre. She leads the theatre’s education department, which serves 10,000 local students every year through classes, outreach workshops and productions. In 2017, Kelsey led 17 theatre classes, an interactive version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, over 300 workshops in local schools, the world premiere of American Fairy Tales, and an American Sign Language – integrated version of Disney’s Tarzan.
(LEFT) Winning Outstanding Fine Arts Teacher of the Year is Kelsey Celek (Head of Education at Quincy Community Theatre) who is pictured with Laura Sievert (Arts Quincy Executive Director).
Arts Volunteer of the Year
Alta King – Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce: This award is given to a volunteer who has consistently supported the arts through a commitment of personal time, energy and devotion. Alta is the Communications Specialist at Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce. Since 2014, Alta has volunteered during Q-Fest to provide support to artists and this year she is organizing volunteers. She is a Diplomat with The District and volunteers at numerous events. She has volunteered during ArtFest at Quincy Art Center and recently became more involved with Quincy Community Theatre as a greeter, box officer, dresser and cleaner. She also has volunteered with Arts Quincy, Lincoln in the District and is involved with 100 Women Who Care, Gem City Kiwanis, Salvation Army, American Business Womens Association – Quincy Charter Chapter, GREDF’s Transition Planning Committee Secretary and more.
(LEFT) Winning Arts Volunteer of the Year is Alta King (Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce) who is pictured with Laura Sievert (Arts Quincy Executive Director).
Arts Nonprofit of the Year
Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association/Encore! Volunteer Council: This award is given to a nonprofit organization that has made a substantial impact on the cultural development of this area demonstrated through exceptional artistic achievement, outstanding programming or other leadership activities. QSOA celebrated 70 years of existence in 2017 and had a very successful season. Encore! Volunteer Council has provided ongoing support for the QSOA through volunteer and financial assistance for 60 years. The organization strives to encourage area youth to pursue their musical talents by making bi-annual donations to the Quincy Public and Parochial school’s music programs, sending students to summer music camps, and supporting the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra and Chorus. Members volunteer their time in countless ways to support the educational and artistic mission of the QSOA. Encore! Coordinates the Battle for the Baton event and the Fairytale Tea. Over $600,000 has been returned to Quincy and surrounding communities by the all-volunteer organization in support of bringing more fine music to the entire area. (ABOVE) Winning the Arts Nonprofit of the Year Award include (l-r) Dr. Phyllis Robertson (Quincy Symphony Chorus Conductor), Jane Polett (Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association General Manager), Amy Walker (Youth Chorus Conductor), Stacie Spradlin (Encore! President), Sandi Terford (QSOA Marketing Coordinator), Randy McFarland (QSOA President), Clara Ehrhart (Encore! President-Elect), and Laura Sievert (Arts Quincy Executive Director).