The Metropolitan Arts Council on Monday honored several individuals and businesses for their support of the arts.
MAC Visionary Award
When Elizabeth Ramos and Erin Godbey founded the Indie Craft Parade in 2010, it was a way to promote handmade arts and crafts. It is now a staple of Greenville’s art scene. Part of the Makers Collective, the Indie Craft Parade is an annual juried art market held every September. In conjunction with the Indie Craft Parade, the Makers Summit is a creative business conference designed to teach independent creatives to grow successful businesses. The two-day conference teaches attendees about big-picture and day-to-day challenges through panel discussions, presentations, hands-on workshops, and one-on-one sessions.
Ramos is an adjunct professor at Furman University, where she has created a curriculum for upper-level art students around advertising design, with a focus on brand strategy. Ramos had worked as creative director for Ferebee Lane +Co. and Oobe.
Godbey was responsible for overseeing the marketing campaign and fund-raising for the inaugural Indie Craft Parade. First-year attendance was 4,000 and it has grown since. Godbey, who is not organizing this year’s event, is office manager and bookkeeper for CoWork Greenville.[slideshow_deploy id=’44554′]
MAC Lifelong Support of the Arts Award
Hurdle Lea, a retired textile executive, has been involved in the Greenville arts community since moving here in the 1970s. Lea, who founded Eastern Trading Company in 1986, is an avid art collector and has supported many visual arts initiatives. He has been a major donor to the Greenville County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Arts Council, and the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.
Lea’s late wife, Chicken, was also an avid arts supporter. She served on the boards of MAC, the Governor’s School, and GCMA. She was involved in organizing the museum’s Antiques, Fine Arts and Design Weekend for years. Chicken Lea died in 2016.
Carl R. Blair Award for Commitment to Arts Education
Elaine Donnan played a major role in getting a communication arts designation for League Academy. She has served as the school’s arts magnet coordinator since 1996. Donnan began her career in the Greenville County Schools in 1978 as an art teacher at Monaview Middle. She moved to League Academy in 1979 and taught art and theater. Donnan was the school district’s Teacher of the Year in 1989, and she serves on the GCS Teacher Forum and Leadership Council.
Ann C. Sherard Young Supporter of the Arts Award
During her tenure in the marketing department of the South Financial Group, Jane Harrison Fisher lobbied for corporate support of the arts. While at Coldwell Banker Caine, she oversaw the art exhibitions in the Main Street Real Estate Gallery on South Main Street. She has served as a MAC grants panelist several times, and she and her husband, Ellis, are active members of MAConnect, a group encouraging young people to get involved in arts patronage.
The award is named after Ann C. Sherard, a long-time and loyal MAC supporter who was concerned about ensuring younger generations were involved and engaged in the arts.
TD Bank Business and the Arts Partnership Awards
SunTrust Bank received the TD Bank Business Partnership Award for companies with 100 or more employees. The S.C. Children’s Theatre nominated SunTrust.
Community Journals, publisher of the Greenville Journal, Upstate Business Journal and TOWN magazine, won the award for companies with fewer than 100 employees. Artisphere nominated Community Journals.
David Ryder won the Put Your Heart in the Arts Volunteer of the Year Award. The Warehouse Theatre nominated him.
MAC Board of Director Awards
Roger Ables and Chris Kavolus
Campaign for the Arts Awards
Allen Tate Realtors, Karen and William Brown, Canal Insurance Company Foundation, Rosa M. Eisenstadt, Lorraine Goldstein and Hal Weiss, Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Edith and Bill Hardaway, Hollingsworth Funds, Chicken and Hurdle Lea, Nancy and Erwin Maddrey, Mary Peace Sterling Foundation, Resurgent Capital Services, Susan and Michael Riordan, and Holly and Ted Rollins.
Programs and services Awards
BMW Manufacturing, LLC; Traute E. and Roland H. Engeler Family; Michelin North America, Inc.; SEW Eurodrive; South Carolina Arts Commission; and Don and Zelma Waggoner Foundation.
Daniel-Mickel Foundation; F.W. Symmes Foundation; Graham Foundation; Jolley Foundation; Mice on Main, Linda Kelly; Mice on Main, Zan Wells; TD Bank, TD Charitable Foundation. Poet and founder of the nonprofit Wits End Poetry, Kimberly Gibbs received the SmartARTS 2016 Teaching Artist Award.
Greenville Open Studios 2016 Awards
County of Greenville, First Citizens Bank, Janette W. Wesley and Renato Vicario, Pelham Architects.
Downtown Alive 2016 Award
The City of Greenville and the Clemson MBA program.
Outstanding Support Award
The City of Greenville and the Greenville Health System.
MAC Endowment for the Arts Award
Ann Barrett Batson; Michelin North America, Inc.; and Janet and Steve Sumner.