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  • Nampa Civic Center renames auditorium, honors five with excellence in art awards during a ‘Night to Remember’ celebration

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    October 24, 2016
    Date:       Oct. 23, 2016
    For:         Immediate Release

    Nampa Civic Center renames auditorium, honors five with excellence in art awards during a ‘Night to Remember’ celebration

    More than 300 people gathered Saturday for a “Night to Remember” at the Nampa Civic Center. The evening of celebration showcased the Nampa Civic Center, highlighted changes at the 26-year-old community center, honored the John Brandt family and recognized five people with special awards for their efforts in the arts community. 
    Nampa Civic Center Director John Cantlon also shared information about new partnerships with organizations that focus on the arts. Guests were also treated to hors d'oeuvres and Northwest wines. 

    The Civic Center also unveiled a new name for the auditorium. It will be called “The John Brandt Performing Arts Theater.”
    “We wanted to rename the auditorium (originally named the Brandt Auditorium) to celebrate the kind of entertainment we most often see at the theater here in Nampa,” Cantlon said.

    Nampa Mayor Bob Henry honored five standouts in the first of annual “Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts” Saturday night. 
    Awards were presented to recognize the wealth of talent and achievement of individuals and groups in the arts.
    “These people represent the best of the best in the Nampa community,” Cantlon said, explaining that to celebrate art, one needs to honor those who make art possible.” 

    The five excellence awards were presented to: 
    •    Performing Arts: Sean Rogers, pianist and organist, who plays both locally and nationally. 
    •    Folk and Traditional Arts: Roberta Pearce for her work with the Junior Jammers and the promotion of Idaho folk lore and songs for all ages. 
    •    Support of the Fine Arts: Artist Eva Johnston, for the many murals she’s painted, including the one at the Nampa Civic Center. 
    •    Support of Arts Education: Jackie Collins of Nampa Arts Charter for her leadership in the development of arts within the Nampa Arts Charter Schools. 
    •    Arts Administration or Management: Glynis Calhoun with Columbia High School’s Spotlight Theater, for integrating arts into public education. 

    The annual award winners will be selected by Mayor Henry and the Nampa Arts and Humanities Council Board of Directors. Nominations will be accepted July 1 of each year and close on July 31. For more information, email the Nampa Civic Center at 208-468-5500 or send an email to: civiccenter@cityofnampa.us. 

    Cantlon also introduced Civic Center partners: 
    •    Music Theatre of Idaho and Jean Andrews
    •    Encore Theatre Company and Jonathan Perry
    •    Art Ambassadors of Treasure Valley and Judy Stanfill
    •    Scorpion Entertainment and Stuart Rudorfer

    Cantlon also explained the purpose of the Nampa Arts & Humanities Council and the role it will play to organize, build and create events that provide unique experiences for the community. 

    “This Council shall partner, create, evaluate and launch various performances, events, camps and will develop and support marketing outreach for promotion,” Cantlon told the audience Saturday night. 
    The Foundation’s Council membership includes:
    •    President: Stuart Rudorfer of Scorpion Entertainment
    •    Vice President: Jean Andrews of Music Theatre of Idaho
    •    Treasurer: John Cantlon

    Other advisory members include: Trina Rhoades, Music Theatre of Idaho; Pat McDonald, stage manager at the Civic Center; Autumn Kersey, Treasure Valley Children’s Theater; Jonathan Perry, Encore Theatre; and Judy Stanfill, Art Ambassadors of the Treasure Valley.

        Notes about photos: 
    •    “Mayor Henry with Peace Stand In” photo. Roberta Pearce was not able to attend and accept her award. So another woman received it for her. I don’t know that person’s name.
    •    Don Brandt is John Brandt’s son.


    John Cantlon
    Nampa Civic Center Director
    (o) 468-5553 or 515-6859
    Vickie Holbrook
    City of Nampa     Communications Director
    (o) 468-5411 or 550-0038