The founder of Dixon Place, the executive director of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./NY), and the irrepressible solo artist Reno are among the recipients of the Brooklyn Arts Exchange's 2002 Arts and Artists In Progress Awards. Founded in 2001 to celebrate the organization's tenth anniversary, the awards "honor individuals in the arts who have revealed and transformed our creative world... and paved the way for others."
The awards will be presented on Thurs., Nov. 7 at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, and they cover three categories with a pair of winners apiece. The artists slot included Reno, whose "Rebel Without a Pause" reflected on Sept. 11 and was a hit Off-Broadway, and Marlies Yearby, an independent choreographer whose credits include "Rent" on Broadway and collaborations with Lincoln Center, the American Dance Festival, and Movin' Spirit Dance Theater, which she co-founded in 1989.
Ellie Covan, who founded and still serves as director of the 16-year-old performance haven Dixon Place, and Virginia P. Louloudes, head of A.R.T./NY since 1991, will take awards in the arts administrator category. Ana Maria Alvarez and Martha Bowers, rising stars of the dance world, will receive awards for their work as arts educators.
An honorary In Progress Award will go to Susan Glass, who from 1984 to 2000 was executive director of Materials for the Arts, a Department of Cultural Affairs project that solicits donations of used or surplus goods from corporations and individuals and distributes them to the nonprofit cultural community.
Passing It On
While the In Progress Awards come in the form of plaques denoting the recipients' specific achievements, one unique feature of the honor is the Passing It On Award. This allows the winner of the In Progress Award to name others who "exemplify the same criteria that the awardees were chosen for," with the designees receiving a monetary stipend to help them continue their work.
Reno, for example, named Marga Gomez and Carmelita Tropicana, two actresses deep in their current theatrical collaboration, "Single Wet Female," at P.S. 122. And Louloudes, in the name of Susan Kennedy, chose a newly developed fund for arts administrators as her Pass It On recipient. Susan Kennedy was an arts supporter and program consultant for the New York Community Trust who passed away earlier this year.
Other Passing It On designees included Village Voice dance writer Elizabeth Zimmer (named by Covan); choreographer Nia Love (Yearby); Lifelines Community Arts Project (Alvarez); and Leah Osman, a dance educator at Brooklyn International High School (Bowers).
For more information on tickets to the In Progress Awards ceremony, call (718) 832-0018.