12th Annual President’s Arts Awards set for January 28, 2017

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, and the Commission on Cultural Affairs will present the 12th Annual President’s Arts Awards at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center, on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Each year, the President’s Arts Awards honors local artists and arts patrons who have contributed to the culture here in St. Tammany Parish, through their work. 

“Each year, when we celebrate the President’s Arts Awards, the foundational significance of the arts in our community is reinforced,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are fortunate in that we have the distinct privilege of enjoying the talents of world-renowned artists here, so very close to home. We look forward to the development of our Cultural Arts District and Performing Arts Center — a place where these artists, as well as future generations of artists — can showcase their talents so that every  person can experience the richness of the arts in many forms.”

The 2016 award winners are:

·         Lifetime Achievement in the Arts – Emery Clark

·         Native Son Award – Marty Sixkiller

·         Visual Artist of the Year – Adam Sambola

·         Culinary Artist of the Year – Michael Fredrick

·         Arts Patron of the Year – Carlos Sanchez and David Fennelly

·         Performing Artist of the Year – Gary Mendoza

·         Literary Artist of the Year – David Armand

·         Musical Artist of the Year – Bobby Ohler

·         President’s Award – St. Tammany Art Association

The Arts Awards present an opportunity to recognize our local artists, musicians and performers who have achieved success in their respective fields. This year’s award recipients have been recognized regionally, nationally and internationally as special talents in their disciplines. All have made a significant contributions and commitments to the development of the arts in St. Tammany Parish.

The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 28th from 6p.m. until 8p.m. at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center located in historic downtown Covington. Guests will be treated to food and beverages from local restaurants, live music and entertainment. For more information on this event call (985) 898-3011.


Programs are supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.


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