Our 20th Annual Celebration of the Arts may have been our best yet! Guests enjoyed fine food and drink provided by area restaurants, bid on and won beautiful works of art in the Silent Auction, and were wowed by the amazing performances of our Rising All-Stars. It truly was a night to remember.
After enjoying the diverse and spectacular talents of our six Rising All-Stars, Celebration guests voted for their favorite, with the $5,000 prize and title of 2017 Rising All-Star going to Sola Fadiran for his masterful performance of “This is the Moment” from Jekyll and Hyde. Congratulations to Sola and to all of our All-Stars!
Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Howie Awards, honoring individuals and businesses whose commitment to the arts helps solidify Howard County’s status as a thriving creative community. The Howie honorees for 2016 were: Yifei Gan, Outstanding Artist; Laurie Basham, Outstanding Arts Educator; and M&T Bank, Outstanding Business Supporter of the Arts. A special Legacy in the Arts award was also presented to Howard Community College.
We’d like to extend a very big thank you to our Celebration committee members and volunteers. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated—we couldn’t begin to do it without you! And special thanks to our sponsors and food vendors, who are always instrumental in making the evening a great success!