CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Every arts organization has at least one volunteer that works above and beyond all expectations. On September 8, the Corpus Christi Arts and Cultural Commission honored 16 such volunteers who were nominated by local arts organizations. Each volunteer was presented with a “Star Volunteer Award” at a reception held at the Art Museum of South Texas. 

Attendees were welcomed by Stacie Talbert Anaya, Interim Director of the Parks & Recreation Department, who congratulated the recipients, recognizing the importance of the arts and cultural organizations work within our city. In addition, Carla Gardiner with the Coastal Bend Volunteer Connection gave a brief presentation on how their website provides organizations with an opportunity to register and connect with local citizens looking to volunteer in our community. 

During the reception local artist Carly Rose, who designed the Star Volunteer awards, shared the inspiration behind his artwork, and Arts & Cultural Commission Chair, Brad Kisner, read glowing reports of the fantastic volunteer efforts of each nominee while Councilman, Rudy Garza, presented them with a “Star Volunteer Award.”

Overall, the Arts Forum was a wonderful opportunity for the Arts and Cultural Commission to recognize some amazing volunteers who have so generously supported the arts in our community with their time and talents.

For more information contact Management Assistant Tess Allan at (361) 826-3489 or at

Pictured  from left: Arts & Cultural Chair Brad Kisner presenting certificates of appreciation to Diana Sherman and Carla Gardiner who have completed their terms of service on the Arts & Cultural Commission. Not pictured was Sean Mintz who also was recognized. Photograph by Tess Allan. 

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