Hypertherm, Inc., PixelMEDIA, Laconia Harley-Davidson and McGowan Fine Art were announced as the winners of the Business in the Arts Awards at a gala evening presentation by the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts on May 13 in Manchester. Approximately 400 business and arts leaders attended the 29 th annual celebration.
The winners were applauded for their outstanding support of the arts through donations of time, money and resources to the arts in their communities and statewide.
Hypertherm, Inc. was lauded for their extensive financial and key volunteer support to a variety of organizations in the Upper Valley. PixelMEDIA was cited primarily for their support of 3S Artspace in Portsmouth as well as of encouraging employees to be involved in artistic endeavors on the Seacoast. Laconia Harley-Davidson received accolades for their role in promoting and supporting the Winnipesauke Playhouse through financial support and the successful raffle of a motorcycle. McGowan Fine Art of Concord was noted for their community support in serving on boards and assisting various visual and performing arts organizations
David A. Jensen was named as the Leadership Award recipient for his longstanding record of board service to the Currier Museum of Art, the Capitol Center for the Arts and the Concord Community Music School and his ability to steer each organization while encouraging other business leaders to join him in that support. He is known for enthusiasm for the arts, utilizing his business skills to help take cultural organizations to their next stage of growth, and respecting the talents of the staff and other board members while doing so.
Each winner received a framed photograph by New Hampshire artist Rob Karosis. Hannah Grimes Marketplace loaned the table centerpieces. The ArtsBags Cultural Trivia Show highlighted the evening’s sponsors and contained cultural goodies of tickets, tee shirts, bobbleheads and books contributed by New Hampshire’s many cultural organizations. The grand prize was donated by Wentworth-by-the-Sea.
Matt Mowry, editor of Business New Hampshire Magazine, was the master of ceremonies for the festivities. The evening’s performance showcase on stage featured Opera North, Concord Chorale and comedian Juston McKinney. Providing more fun in the lobby before and at the conclusion of the event was a faculty jazz duo from the Manchester Community Music School, painting demonstrations by students from the New Hampshire Institute of Art and a lesson in Argentine tango by dancers from Studio 550.
The Presenting Sponsor was The Duprey Companies.
Corporate Sponsors were Bank of America, Citizens Bank, FairPoint Communications, Lincoln Financial Group, Northeast Delta Dental, People’s United Bank, Public Service of NH, TD Bank, and Paul and Sandra Montrone.
Event Supporters were Baker Newman Noyes, Bellwether Community Credit Union, Concord Hospital, Devine Millimet, Hitchiner Manufacturing Company, Hypertherm, Inc., Lavallee Brensinger Architects, McLane Law Firm and Stibler Associates.
The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts presents the awards annually to recognize and honor outstanding business support of the arts. The NHBCA was founded to educate, motivate and recognize business support of and participation in the arts. For more information about the awards or the NHBCA contact the NHBCA at 603 224-8300 or visit the web site at www.nhbca.com.