30th Annual Business in the Arts Awards Gala May 12

The 30th annual Business in the Arts Awards will be held Monday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Center of New Hampshire – Radisson Hotel in Manchester. Sponsored by the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts, the gala will honor the twenty-one New Hampshire businesses nominated for this year’s awards. The evening highlights a celebration of business support for the arts and entertains with a performance showcase of drama, literature and music. The grand finale is the announcement of the Award winners.

John Herman, Seacoast area artist, writer and teacher, is the master of ceremonies for the festivities. The main stage performances include New Hampshire’s new artist laureate fiddler Rodney Miller with Max Newman, guitar, finalists of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project Flash Fiction Slam, and a theater medley by the New Hampshire Theatre Factory. Lobby performances include Hearts Accord barbershop harmony, a Portsmouth Music and Arts Center student jazz duo, and student painting and pottery demonstrations by the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Studio 550 Gallery.

More arts fun includes a cultural trivia quiz show with lucky contestants winning baskets filled with goodies from New Hampshire’s cultural organizations. The award prizes are framed watercolors by artist Bruce McColl. A view of the past thirty years includes a visual presentation of all the commissioned award artwork and a list of the winners.

The twenty-one businesses were nominated for their sponsorships, employee volunteerism, and donations of products and services in support of the arts. The winners in each of four categories will be announced during the evening.

For more information, or to reserve tickets for the May 12 gala, contact the NHBCA at 603 224-8300 or arts@nhbca.com. Tickets are $75 each; tables for 10 are $750. The cocktail reception from 5:30-6:15 starts the evening and the dinner and program follow, concluding at 8:30. Thanks to the support of the sponsors, the NHBCA is able to offer a limited number of reduced price tickets to artists and arts administrators who make a request for them. The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts was founded in 1985 to educate, motivate and recognize business support of and participation in the arts.

The Business in the Arts Awards Presenting Sponsor is The Duprey Companies.

Corporate Sponsors are FairPoint Communications, Hypertherm, Inc., Lincoln Financial Group, Northeast Delta Dental, Paul and Sandra Montrone, People’s United Bank, and TD Bank.

Event Supporters include: Bank of America, Bellwether Community Credit Union, Catholic Medical Center, Devine Millimet, Hitchiner Manufacturing Company, Lavallee Brensinger Architects, McLane Law Firm, and Stibler Associates.

The nominees are:

Beechleaf Design

Blue Dolphin

Dancing Lion Chocolate

Hampshire Hardwoods

KL McGee Business Solutions, LLC

Lake Sunapee Bank

Margaritas Mexican Restaurants

Meredith Village Savings Bank

NH Chronicle at WMUR-TV

Lincoln Financial Group

100 Market Street

Orr & Reno

Peerless Insurance

People’s United Bank

Savings Bank of Walpole

Sequoya Technologies Group, LLC

The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric

The Rowley Agency

Timken Aerospace

True North Networks

Woodstock Inn and Station