ArtServe Michigan Honored Smokey
Robinson and other Michigan Notables at the 17th Annual
Governors Awards for Arts & Culture
SOUTHFIELD, MI (December 4, 2002)
ArtServe Michigan honored Smokey Robinson and other outstanding
Michigan individuals and organizations at the 17th
Annual Governors Awards for Arts & Culture, a November
gala held at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in
The legendary Motown producer, singer
and songwriter Robinson returned to Michigan to receive ArtServe
Michigans International Achievement Award, sponsored by
General Motors Corporation, for his contributions to music worldwide.
One of the highlights of Robinsons
visit was a "Talkback Session" with high school and
college students from around the state, including students from
his high school alma mater Northern Senior High School in Detroit,
the Detroit Symphony Orchestras Civic Jazz Orchestra and
from as far away as East Grand Rapids. Wayne State Universitys
Department of Music hosted the session, which was moderated by
Detroit Public TV host Ann Delisi.
Smokey reminisced about a variety of
topics including his beginnings in Motown, the art of making music
and his favorite musical artists. The session prompted a flurry
of questions from the students and several local television media,
which Robinson graciously answered.
Later the same day, Robinson joined
eight other award recipients and more than 600 guests at ArtServe
Michigans Governors Awards for Arts & Culture
to enjoy a strolling dinner, formal awards presentation and afterglow.
The Governors Awards for Arts
& Culture is ArtServe Michigans largest fundraising
event to help foster arts and culture in Michigan. "These
prestigious annual arts awards give us the chance to honor some
of the many talented Michigan individuals and organizations that
contribute to the vibrant cultural life in communities throughout
our state," said Gail Torreano, president of SBC Ameritech
Michigan and chair of this years event.
The evenings honorees and awards
also included Steven K. Hamp, Civic Leader; Robert L Barnum, Michigan
Artist; Jeffrey Frank, Arts in Education; Jean Alicia Elster,
Emerging Artist. Receiving Cultural Organization Awards were representatives
Carol Rose Fouts, Keweenaw Krayons; Aaron P. Dworkin, the Sphinx
Organization; and Brent Dennis, Frederik Meijer Gardens &
Sculpture Park. DaimlerChrysler was recognized with the Business
Honor Roll Award.
Rounding out the formal awards presentations
were performances by the Mosaic Youth Theatre Singers, the Detroit-Windsor
Dance Company and a Tribute Performance to Smokey Robinson by
Urseula Walker & the Buddy Budson Trio.
"In addition to honoring this
years awardees and raising the level of awareness about
the importance and relevance of arts and culture to Michigan communities,
the Governors Awards for Arts & Culture gala is ArtServes
primary fundraising event," explained ArtServe Michigans
President Barbara Kratchman. "This year we are proud to have
raised $220,000. We are grateful to the contributions of our corporate
sponsors and individual donors that enable ArtServe Michigan to
continue its programs, services and activities so students, families,
artists and all Michigan residents have opportunities to participate
in cultural activities throughout the year."
ArtServe Michigan, an independent
statewide not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with offices in
Southfield and Lansing, builds support for the arts, artists and
cultural activities throughout Michigan through advocacy, education
For more information about ArtServe,
its programs and services or to become a member, call (248) 557-8288
or visit www.artservemichigan.org.
Photo Caption: Pictured with
Smokey Robinson, receiving the International Achievement Award
at ArtServe Michigans Governors Awards for Arts and
Culture, are (from left) Event Chair Gail Torreano, President
of SBC Ameritech Michigan; Deborah Dingell, Vice Chair, General
Motors Foundation; Barbara Kratchman, President of ArtServe Michigan;
and Vivian Pickard, Director of Corporate Relations, General Motors