St. Louis Visionary Awards Announce 2017 Honorees
The honorees for the 2017 St. Louis Visionary Awards, which celebrates local women who harbor a deep passion for their craft and community, have been selected. These women advocate for local issues and contribute to the proliferation of the arts throughout the community.
Shirley Bradley LeFlore will be honored as the Outstanding Working Artist for her lengthy, critically acclaimed career of five decades as a poet, playwright, author, performance artist and educator. The award for Outstanding Emerging Artist will go to Kat Simone Reynolds, whose emotional photography draws viewers into complex and underrepresented themes on various social issues (such as black female depression and the superwoman complex). Regina Martinez will be recognized as the Community Impact Artist for her efforts to bring the community closer together through art classes and special events. For her wonderful achievements in bringing Shakespeare into the 21st century by means of the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and Shakespeare in the Street, Nancy Bell will be honored as the Outstanding Arts Professional. The award for Outstanding Teaching Artist will go to Vivian Anderson Watt, who has spent the past 43 years teaching at-risk and underserved youths the art of dance. Lastly, Sally S. Levy will receive the award for Major Contributions to the Arts for her pivotal support of the Opera Theater St. Louis, which has provided much-needed space for administrative and community-outreach needs, as well as a fund allowing the organization to produce contemporary operas.
These women will be honored for their achievements in a special ceremony on April 24 from 6 to 8pm at the Sun Theater in Grand Center, 3625 Grandel Square. Tickets will be available through the St. Louis Visionary Awards website.
Photos courtesy of the St. Louis Visionary Awards website.