Arts Awards


Friday, December 1, 2017 

New Haven Lawn Club – 11am-1:45pm

The Arts Awards luncheon honors the people who exemplify the complexity of our Creative Ecosystem – those who are radically expanding the word “art” to influence entrepreneurship, social justice, food, or health, those in thriving collaborations and daring experiments that sustain our creative community, and those who challenged us to reconsider preconceived assumptions about “art” this year.

The Arts Council has been host to the annual Arts Awards for 37 years. It is the organization’s signature event and a highlight within the community. Each year the general public is invited to nominate individuals and organizations who have had significant impact on the Greater New Haven arts community. A jury selects five recipients from the nominations, and The Arts Council presents the awards at a festive luncheon at the New Haven Lawn Club.

2017 Awardees:

  • The C. Newton Schenck III Award for Lifetime Achievement in and Contribution to the Arts is presented to an individual who has spent their career embracing and endorsing the arts to the benefit of audiences of all ages. This year, the ACGNH’s Board of Directors unanimously decided to present this award to Jock Reynolds, artist and director of the Yale University Art Gallery, for his lifelong contributions to the arts in Greater New Haven.
  • The Architecture Resource Center creates hands-on workshops and textbooks for students that teach design-thinking and creative problem solving throughout Connecticut.
  • Since 2006, Diane Brown has been Chief Librarian at the Stetson branch of the New Haven Free Public Library on Dixwell Avenue, building a community space that truly celebrates African-American history and literature.
  • Reverend Kevin Ewing is a former police officer, Transitional Minister at Center Church, neighborhood organizer, leader of Baobab Tree Studios and a trusted creative partner to many. Everywhere he goes, he makes sure all voices are heard.
  • Musical Intervention provides opportunities for individuals and groups to perform and record original music. Their programs specifically empower disenfranchised and otherwise vulnerable individuals, boosting confidence and connectedness in our community and beyond.
  • The massive Nasty Women New Haven exhibition united hundreds of artists throughout the state. Drawing a wall-to-wall crowd, the reception and subsequent events were definite highlights of 2017.

The annual awards luncheon will be Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 at the New Haven Lawn Club with a social hour at 11 a.m. and the luncheon and recognition at 11:45 a.m.

Tickets are $95 for members, $110 for nonmembers and can be purchased online at, by calling (203) 772-2788, or emailing A limited number of $40 artists’ tickets are available.



Barbara Pearce

Bitsie Clark

Tony Rescigno

Jocelyn Maminta

Mayor Ed O’Brien

Steven Kaplan

Charlie Kingsley

Rick Wies

Erik Clemons

















Interested in sponsoring The Arts Awards this year? Contact Megan Manton via 203-772-2788 or


This video, made for The Arts Council of Greater New Haven by Travis Carbonella, features the 2016 Arts Awards winners: Charles C. Kingsley, Kwadwo Adae, Travis Carbonella, Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky, and Eric Ginnish of East Street Arts.