Artistry Receives Omar Bonderud Award for Human Rights

Artistry Board President Brian Prentice, Executive Director Andrea Specht, and Director of Community Partnerships Leah Hughes (foreground) join Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead and Human Rights Commission Chair Jared Leese (left) at the podium at the December 4 City Council meeting.    

Artistry Board President Brian Prentice, Executive Director Andrea Specht, and Director of Community Partnerships Leah Hughes (foreground) join Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead and Human Rights Commission Chair Jared Leese (left) at the podium at the December 4 City Council meeting.    

Artistry's community outreach program brings theater and visual arts experiences to thousands of people of diverse ages, abilities, and cultural and economic backgrounds. In recognition of our work to make the arts accessible to all, the City of Bloomington Human Rights Commission honored Artistry with the 2017 Omar Bonderud Award. This prestigious award recognizes our intentional efforts to engage and include underserved populations, including our partnerships with Bloomington Public Schools, arts education initiatives with senior citizens and persons with disabilities, Pay What You Can performances, "Next Generations" pricing for people aged 30 and under, and more. 

In an award presentation ceremony that included comments by Minnesota Commissioner of Human Rights Kevin Lindsey, Artistry was also lauded for working with the Bloomington Human Rights Commission to raise awareness and spark discussion, through art, about the experiences of children of immigrant parents. 

Artistry’s outreach program has grown from serving 575 people in 2010 to more than 7,000 in 2017. We are proud to be recognized for our commitment to arts access, humbled to join the list of more than 38 past Omar Bonderud Award recipients, and grateful to the individual and institutional donors who support our mission.