|Roanoke Childrens Theatre: Category winner.|
I was actually going to nominate Ernie Zulia and Todd Ristau from the Hollins Theater Department for one award (performing arts) and Richard Dillard for another (the literary award, which was not given). They are all enormously gifted and deserving and each has made an indelible mark on the theater and on writing in this region and beyond.
This year, there were but three categories: Individual or Business Supporter, Arts and Culture Organization and Individual Artist categories. The first was won by Richard Krurshan, who gave studio space to artists downtown for 10 years; Arts and Culture was won by the deserving Roanoke Childrens Theatre; and Individual Artist was Harriet Stokes, an award long overdue.
I am significantly disappointed, however, that writers are no longer seen as contributors to the arts of the Roanoke Valley (Note: I have won two of the Kendigs, one with the Business Journal and one Literary Award). This is a troubling omission and it should be remedied, especially since Hollins--the school that gives us so many excellent writers and is home to the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference--is a sponsor.
The winners will be honored Nov. 3 at Roanoke College.