Star Awards Bestowed to Arts and Cultural Volunteers at the 2019 Arts Forum

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The City of Corpus Christi’s Arts & Cultural Commission will host its sixth annual Arts Forum on Thursday, September 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Art Museum of South Texas located at 1902 N. Shoreline Boulevard. The private event gives past recipients the opportunity to honor outstanding arts and cultural volunteers with a Star Award. Council Member Michael Hunter will be presenting the awards from 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. This year’s recipients are:
Christina Marie Gonzalez for the K Space Mural Program
Leticia Bajuyo for the TAMU-CC Department of Art & Design
Susan Sturman for the Chamber Music Society
Kathleen Burrill for the Bailando International Dance Festival
Lynda Jones for the K Space Contemporary Art Gallery
Jordan Anderson for the Art Museum of South Texas
Ann Marie Colosi for Corpus Christi LIVE
Sasha Alcorta for Alcorta’s Compania de Danza Folklorica 
Simoné Sanders for the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education – Corpus Christi Chapter
Chuck Anastos for the Corpus Christi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
The 2019 Arts & Cultural Commission Shining Star Award will be presented to John Joseph Nelson for his 30-year contribution to the Bay Jammin’ Concert Series. 
An Art Grants 2020 briefing will take place immediately following the ceremony. Art Grants are available to 501c3 non-profit corporations and tax-exempt community-oriented organizations within Corpus Christi. Applications are for matching grants of up to $15,000. Funding for the Arts Grant Program is provided by the City of Corpus Christi utilizing the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) fund. Per state law, revenue from the municipal Hotel Occupancy Tax may be used only to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry. Organizations applying for and receiving HOT funds are required to follow the state laws governing the use of such funds.
Reasonable accommodations are provided upon request and in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For assistance or to request a reasonable accommodation, please call 361-826-3489 hours in advance.
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