CANTON − EN-RICH-MENT Tremendous Arts Academy has honored these within the Canton space who’ve positively contributed to music, artwork and theater.
Awards got out earlier this month on the Canton-based group’s fundraising gala, which additionally marked EN-RICH-MENT’S 10 years as a neighborhood group offering music training and humanities programming for youngsters in Stark County.
Rodney W. Meadows was honored posthumously with the 2022 Highlight Award.
Meadows, proprietor of Motter & Meadows Architects, died in March.
“He’s remembered for not solely his architectural endeavors, but additionally the numerous methods he used his platform to be an advocate for the neighborhood,” EN-RICH-MENT mentioned of Meadows. “His legacy lives on in all of the lives he has impacted together with his generosity and assist.”
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Meadows’ efforts included founding the Juilliard Arts Middle in Canton. He additionally was concerned within the Canton Arts District, ArtsinStark 20/20 Imaginative and prescient Cultural Middle Neighborhood Activity Drive and the Louisville Arts Council.
A number of different folks additionally have been honored.
“I believe there’s a lot expertise on the market, they usually’re unsung heroes,” mentioned Betty Smith, govt director of EN-RICH-MENT. “In order that they have to be acknowledged, the artists, and it is a motivating factor for them. It is good for folks to acknowledge you.”
Albert A. Flowers II obtained the Anyani Pleasure Buckmon Music Training Award.
Flowers, knowledgeable trumpet participant, has spent 5 seasons with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra. He additionally leads the Canton Metropolis Brass Quintet.
He is additionally a member of The John Trapani Huge Band, and leads the orchestra at Trinity Gospel Temple in Canton. Moreover, Flowers has been instructing music in Canton Metropolis Colleges for greater than 30 years.
Michael Kelley and Subsequent Stage obtained the O’Jays Award, which acknowledges an impressive musical group.
Kelley and Subsequent Stage are a gaggle of ministers and artists who’ve devoted their lives and presents to God for his use, EN-RICH-MENT mentioned in presenting the award. They’ve ministered from Seattle to Orlando.
Carol McAfee obtained the Theatre Award. The director of theater for EN-RICH-MENT is a recording artist and vocalist. She has toured in Europe with The Golden Gospel Singers of Harlem, and her directing credit embody “Anne and Emmett,” “As soon as on This Island” and “The Emperor Jones.”
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Patrick G. Buckohr obtained the Artwork Award.
Buckohr, who studied graphic design on the College Akron and beforehand labored in printing and publishing, has been a full-time artist for a number of years, and is most well-known for his iron sculptures that enhance downtown Canton.
Buckohr additionally has been commissioned to create sculptures for faculties and companies, with greater than 60 items displayed in Ohio. Public murals have been amongst his different works.
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Jimmell Stinson obtained the Milini Guitar Award posthumously. Stinson died in November 2021 at age 50.
The Massillon native performed for his first group, The Stinson Household Singers, at age 8 and started enjoying piano for native church buildings in the neighborhood by age 10. Stinson served as lead musician for Morning Star United Holy Church in Massillon for greater than 40 years.
“Music was greater than a love of Jimmel’s,” EN-RICH-MENT mentioned. “It was his ardour and his life. He by no means wished to be often known as, in his phrases, a ‘hometown hero.’ … He wished to play music that might unite folks.”
Mecca Muhammad and Harley Nunez obtained Honoree Awards.
Nunez, a Louisville Excessive Faculty graduate, has been concerned with EN-RICH-MENT since 2015, beginning as a member of the drumline earlier than instructing the metal band and drumline. A former member of Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, he is a pupil on the College of Akron pursuing levels in music training and percussion efficiency.
Dajeun Dickerson gained the Macy Grey Rising Star Award.
The 14-year-old singer and McKinley Excessive Faculty pupil not too long ago positioned second in Cleveland’s Vacation Singing Championship. The occasion was offered by Marquee Showcase Productions in affiliation with X-Mas Cleveland’s Christmas Bar.
Different award recipients embody:
Rodney Reasonover, Cindy Lazor Neighborhood Advocate Award, which acknowledges somebody who has been concerned in neighborhood affairs for 10 or extra years.
Linda Cavella, Dance Award, which acknowledges somebody who exhibits nice expertise and ability in dance both by instruction or efficiency.
Leshone Lewis, Elec Simon Percussion Award, which acknowledges a younger percussionist who exhibits the promise of changing into a wonderful drummer.
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