Since 2001, there has been one night during the year in Ogden that is exclusively dedicated to bringing the city’s leaders and artists together to recognize the achievements in its cultural community. Ogden has seen an upward growth in public art creation, local artist commerce opportunities and the development of a new district, the Nine Rails Creative District, that embraces artistic culture in multiple forms. Ogden’s Mayor’s Awards in the Arts program acknowledges the individuals and organizations in the community that dedicate hours, days and years of their lives to inspiring creativity in those around them. Based on the 2019 nominations, six award categories were presented.
Arts in Education:
Nurture the Creative Mind was awarded for their achievements as an organization with a 13-year history of bringing artistic expression in various mediums to the youth of Ogden. Most known by the community for the pianos around downtown Historic 25th street in the summer, this group has impacted more than 15,000 young people in and outside of the state of Utah.
Chamber Orchestra Ogden received the Performing Arts Award for the annual concerts and performances they bring to the Ogden community that feature a wide variety of musical styles. Beginning in 2010, this group has evolved into a full orchestra showcasing talented local musicians. The orchestra’s conductor, Michael Palumbo, accepted the award while making sure to acknowledge the organization’s professional-level performers that come from all vocations and walks of life to share their music with the community
Todd Oberndorfer was given the Arts Advocacy Award for his multiple roles as an Adjunct Art Professor, Arts Outreach Manager & Advisor for the Department of Visual Art & Design at Weber State University. Todd is the Director of Snow Days at Shaw Gallery, the Fabulous Friday’s field trip programs, and the free Arts in the Parks summer program that allows Ogden children and their families to experience visual and performing arts hands-on in their local parks. Todd is Vice-Chair of the Ogden City Arts Advisory Committee and a Board Member on the Weber Arts Council.
Lindsay Huss received the Visual Arts Award for being a face of the monthly First Friday Art Stroll and an active artist that has left multiple impressions in the Ogden community. She has completed a painted crosswalk and mural in the Nine Rails Creative District, two murals at The Daily Rise Coffee and even has her work featured on a utility box downtown.
Janette Bischoff received the Lifetime Contribution Award for founding and directing involvement in the Kids are Music program since 1981. Her groups have performed throughout the U. S., Europe and China for dignitaries, national conventions, special events, seminars, and festivals through this program. Her dedication has provided the opportunity for thousands of young people in the Ogden area to appreciate, love and develop their performance skills in music, acting and dance.
Exemplary Collaboration in Arts, Culture and Events:
Christy McBride received the Outstanding Contribution to Arts, Culture and Events Award to recognize her efforts as Ogden City’s Arts, Culture and Events Director. This award was uniquely created this year to recognize the immense impact Christy has made since 2013 in changing the way Ogden residents and visitors alike engage with art and entertainment in the community.