CCT: 2013 Governorís Arts Awards Recipients Announced

2013 Governorís Arts Awards Recipients Announced




2013 Governorís Arts Awards Recipients Announced



[HARTFORD, Conn,] ó Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced the three recipients of the 2013 Governorís Arts Awards.  Elizabeth Alexander of Hamden, Jimmy Greene of Newtown, and Olu Oguibe of Rockville will be honored for their outstanding contributions to art and culture at a June 15 ceremony in New Haven. Established in 1978, the Governorís Arts Awards recognize artists, arts organizations, businesses, and educators for their outstanding service to the arts in Connecticut.  


ďConnecticutís arts community enriches the quality of life in our cities and towns, as well as strengthening our economy and bolstering tourism,Ē said Governor Malloy. "I congratulate the 2013 Arts Awards recipients for their lasting contribution to arts and culture in Connecticutótheir work inspires and makes our communities stronger.Ē


The 2013 awardees are:

Elizabeth Alexander, Hamden CT Ė poet, essayist, playwright.  Alexander is Chair of the African American Studies Department at Yale University.

Jimmy Greene, Newtown CT Ė saxophonist, composer, bandleader.  Greene is Assistant Professor of Music and Assistant Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Western Connecticut State University.

Olu Oguibe, Rockville CT Ė Artist and academic.  Oguibe is Professor of Art & Art History and Associate Director of the Institute of African American Studies at the University of Connecticut.


In conjunction with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, a ceremony on the New Haven Green will be held at 6:30 p.m. on June 15 to celebrate the 2013 awardees.


Since 1978, the Governorís Arts Awards have recognized more than 140 artists, arts organizations, and patrons for their dedication to the arts in Connecticut.