Dover Mayor Carleton E. Carey Sr. announced the winners of the 2013 Mayors Arts Awards during a packed Dover City Council meeting, held Monday night.
The awards were established in 2007 by former Mayor Stephen R. Speed and the Greater Dover Arts Council to honor people and groups who have made a lasting impact on the arts and culture of greater Dover.
“The variety of arts, entertainment and education available in Dover helps make the area a better place to live and work, which is good for our economy, community and future,” Carey said.
The first award was made to Jan Crumpley, for her contributions as a plein air artist, folk musician and arts organizer.
“She has become a treasure to local arts organizations by donating her artistic talents, her advocacy skills and her fundraising abilities for the arts,” Carey said.
Self-taught painter K.M. Hammond, who has been working in the arts for more than a half-century, was recognized, Carey said, “for her long list of accomplishments that include participation in numerous art exhibitions and receiving many awards and honors from her art.”
Former Dover resident Dr. Donald A. Parks has made “a lasting impact and outstanding contributions to almost all of the visual and performing arts in Dover,” Carey said. Parks helped bring the arts to students at Delaware State University and was a member of the board of trustees for the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, Carey said.
Parks, who recently moved to North Carolina, was not at the ceremony, and his departure “has been a great loss to the arts in Dover,” Carey said.
In 2009, Carey and the Greater Dover Arts League established the Mayor’s Youth Arts Award, to recognize and encourage high school students in the arts.
Two students from Saint Thomas More Academy, Rachel Frebert and Alicia Fox, and Polytech High School student Thomas Price were this year’s recipients.
Rachel’s artwork recently was put on display in the emergency wing of Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital. Her work displays a diverse knowledge of design and art elements, Carey said.
Alicia, a junior at Saint Thomas More, is involved in drawing, painting, drama, choir and photography, and displays “a clear command of the subject and technique of the medium,” Carey said.
Price is someone who “walks, talks, and breathes theater,” according to his drama teacher, Carey said. A young man always looking for innovative solutions, he is involved in acting, directing, producing and choreography, Carey said.
Brian Miller, chairman of the Greater Dover Arts Council, said the awards recognized the contributions already made by the adult artists, and the promise of more to come from the youth recipients.
Page 2 of 2 - “Their involvement right now is outstanding, and they’re contributing directly to our community,” he said.
Hammond was visibly moved by the recognition given her.
“I’m not normally an outgoing person,” she said after the ceremony. “Look at me – my hands are still shaking!”