Alignable Recognizes Leah Hughes as Bloomington's Small Businessperson of the Year

After two months of nominations and voting, Artistry’s Senior Director of Operations & Community Partnerships, Leah Hughes, has been named Bloomington’s Small Businessperson of the Year by Alignable. Described by one user as “Facebook for small businesses,” Alignable is an online networking platform designed to help local companies build relationships and “increase buzz.” 

Over the last seven years, Leah has led more than ten-fold growth in Artistry's outreach programs, which now engage over 8,000 children and adults in arts experiences offered in collaboration with more than 130 community partners. Our partners include the Bloomington Public Schools (BPS), multiple county library systems, senior centers, and organizations that serve persons with disabilities, among others. Leah is a co-leader with BPS staff of our Kennedy Center-certified "Partners in Education" team.

We thank Alignable for recognizing one of our Artistry staff rock stars in Leah!

Senior Director of Operations & Community Partnerships, Leah Hughes

Senior Director of Operations & Community Partnerships, Leah Hughes

 

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.    

Artistry Wins 2017 IVEY Award for "Emotional Impact"

Director Benjamin McGovern accepts the IVEY Award for “Emotional Impact” for his production of  Wit.  September 2017.

Director Benjamin McGovern accepts the IVEY Award for “Emotional Impact” for his production of Wit. September 2017.

The IVEY awards were an annual celebration of the best work produced in Twin Cities theater, awarding less than a dozen trophies each year to productions and individuals from the 80 participating organizations.

2017’s production of Wit, helmed by Artistry Producing Artistic director Benjamin McGovern, received IVEY recognition for "Emotional Impact.”. Wit, which starred Sally Wingert as Dr. Vivian Bearing, was hailed by critics as "sublime" and "simply devastating," and sold out its run in the black box theater.