Winners of the 30th Business in the Arts Awards Announced

Timken, People’s United Bank, Sequoya Technologies Group and Hampshire Hardwoods were announced as the winners of the Business in the Arts Awards and Michael A. L’Ecuyer as the Leadership winner at a gala evening presentation hosted by the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts on May 12 in Manchester. Approximately 325 business and arts leaders attended the 30 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.

Timken was lauded for their commitment to the importance of the creative economy and their involvement in Arts Alive! in the Keene area, as well as their business practice of connecting innovation and creativity. People’s United Bank was cited for their support of the Currier Museum of Art’s “Visual Dispatches from the Vietnam War” and their support to a variety of organizations statewide. Sequoya Technologies Group received accolades for believing that community engagement is essential for companies to flourish and for their unique “seeds” program that gives a percent of their monthly service fee to nonprofits including the Sharon Arts Center and other Monadnock area arts groups. Hampshire Hardwoods was recognized for donating time and materials to the construction of the new Winnipesauke Playhouse and mobilizing more than twenty other suppliers and laborers to help complete the project.

Michael A. L’Ecuyer, president and CEO of Bellwether Community Credit Union, was named as the Leadership Award recipient for his longstanding record of board service to the Palace Theatre and for successfully leveraging his leadership and business savvy into supporting a variety of arts in the state. Described as a person that brings a thoughtful, actionable approach to every project, raising money and awareness are only part of what he does. This CEO doesn’t just talk or write a check. He rolls up his sleeves and gets involved whether it’s as a trustee at a theatre or in recruiting business associates to support any of a number of arts organizations.

Each winner received a framed watercolor by New Hampshire artist Bruce McColl. The Currier Museum of Art loaned the table centerpieces. The ArtsBags Cultural Trivia Show highlighted the evening’s sponsors and contained cultural goodies of tickets, tee shirts, CD’s and books contributed by New Hampshire’s many cultural organizations. The grand prize was donated by the Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods.

John Herman, artist, writer, teacher and media maker, was the master of ceremonies for the festivities. The evening’s performance showcase on stage featured Rodney Miller, fiddler with Max Newman on guitar, a sampling of the NH Writers’ Project Flash Fiction Slam and the NH Theatre Factory created a repertoire of musical theater, both classic and contemporary, aimed to show the dreams, challenges, and even quirks of being a performer. Providing more fun in the lobby before and at the conclusion of the event was a student jazz duo from the Manchester Community Music School, painting demonstrations by students from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, a pottery demonstration by Studio 550, and a Heart’s Accord Barbershop Harmony.

The Presenting Sponsor was The Duprey Companies.

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

Event Supporters were Bank of America, Bellwether Community Credit Union, Catholic Medical Center, Devine Millimet, Fidelity Investments, Hitchiner Manufacturing Company, 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.