For the second consecutive year, Hollins University and Roanoke College are co-sponsoring The Perry F. Kendig Arts and Culture Awards, recognizing exemplary individuals, businesses, and organizations in the Roanoke Valley that support excellence in the arts.
Hollins is hosting this year’s awards presentation at the President’s House on Tuesday, September 30, at 5:30 p.m. Nominations for the awards will be accepted through Monday, August 4.
Three Kendig Awards will be presented at this year’s event, one in each of the following categories:
- Individual Artist (in all disciplines – dance, literature, music, media arts, visual arts, and theatre)
- Arts and/or Cultural Organization
- Individual or Business Supporter
Individuals, businesses, and organizations from the Roanoke region (which includes the counties of Botetourt, Franklin, and Roanoke, the cities of Roanoke and Salem, and the town of Vinton) are eligible, as are past Kendig Award recipients from 1985 – 2012. Hollins and Roanoke College employees and programs are not eligible.
“The Kendig Awards provide a focal point for celebrating the Roanoke Valley’s cultural identity,” said Hollins President Nancy Gray. “This program enables all of us to realize and appreciate the vital role arts and culture play in economic development as well as education in our schools.”
“Presenting this annual program builds an even stronger arts and culture bridge between our respective campus environments and the community at large,” added Roanoke College President Mike Maxey. “We are proud to join once again with Hollins to champion this event, which has embraced distinction in arts and culture in the Roanoke Valley for more than 25 years.”
Named for the late Perry F. Kendig, who served as president of Roanoke College and was an avid supporter and patron of the arts, the awards were established in 1985 and presented annually by the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge through 2012. Hollins and Roanoke College first partnered last year to bestow the honors.
More information about The Perry F. Kendig Arts and Culture Awards, including nomination forms, can be found here.