Arts council names five ‘Stars in the Arts’– Courtesy the United Arts Council
The United Arts Council of Collier County announces that five leaders in the arts community have been selected to receive the prestigious 2010 Stars in the Arts awards.
The United Arts Council initiated the Stars in the Arts program six years ago to recognize individuals and organizations for leadership in the arts. Nominations are accepted from the public, and this year 54 nominations were received — the largest number ever. Applications are reviewed by a committee consisting of past Stars winners and other leaders within the community. They carefully assess credentials and rate each nominee based on their contributions to our arts community.
Winners for 2010 are:
Patty and Jay Baker are known as the one of the area’s premiere “power couples” for community service, especially in the arts. They are avid art collectors and strongly support the performing arts. In 2007 they received the Outstanding Philanthropists Award on National Philanthropy Day. The Bakers donated $10 million to the Naples Museum of Art, which was renamed in their honor. Jay Baker has served on the board of directors for the Phil. Patty Baker is fundraising vice president for Naples Players.
Myra Daniels is the chairwoman and CEO of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, home to the Philharmonic Orchestra and Naples Museum of Art. Daniels founded the complex in the mid-1980s and has been a leader and innovator in the local arts community. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her community service including the Naples Daily News’ Jefferson Award.
Harriet Howard Heithaus is an award-winning writer, editor, and advocate for the arts. She currently serves as the arts, entertainment and at home editor for the Naples Daily News. She also is a classical music critic for the paper and serves on the editorial board. She won the William Allen White Award for editorial writing and the Florida Press Club’s first-place award for arts criticism in four of the last five years.
Erich Kunzel will be honored posthumously for his work in our local arts community. Kunzel served as the principal pops conductor of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra before his death last year. He was conductor of the Cincinnati Pops, received the National Medal of Arts, and appeared on eight specials on PBS and in 10 Carnegie Hall concerts. At the time of his death, he was leading the campaign to build a cultural arts center in Bayshore.
Winners will be saluted at an awards luncheon at the Naples Grande Resort on March 26. Honorary chairwoman of the Stars in the Arts luncheon is WINK TV anchor, Lois Thome. Event co-chairwomen are JoAnn Smallwood and Roz Travis. Gold sponsors for the Stars event are Encore Bank and Moran Asset Management Group.
For more information, call 263-8242.
United Arts Council of Collier County: http://www.uaccollier.com/artists.htm
United Arts Council of SW Florida: http://southwestfloridaarts.com/united_arts.cfm
Art Fest of Collier County 2010: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2008/jan/30/naples-national-art-fest-set/?citizen=1