President Cooper Announces Recipients of 17th Annual President's Arts Awards

President Mike Cooper is pleased to announce the recipients of the 17th Annual President’s Arts Awards presented by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs.

“These artists are instrumental in making our Parish vibrant, enjoyable and the place that we proudly call home,” said President Cooper. “I am delighted to honor the artists who have displayed their talents and contributed to our Parish’s culture. I also appreciate the Commission, who are dedicated to celebrating our native artists. Congratulations to all of our talented artists, and thank you for your incredible work and service to St. Tammany!”

The honorees are:

Performing Artist – Lydia Gazzo

Visual Artist – Paulo Dufour

Literary Artist – Carroll Devine

Musical Artist – Dr. William Horne

Culinary Artist – Keith Young

Patron of the Arts – Frank Richerand

Outstanding Service Award – Cindy Pulling

President’s Award – Friends of the Dew Drop

Native Son Award – Brian Edwards

Lifetime Achievement Award – John Snell

The celebration will be held at Northshore Technical Community College in Lacombe on Thursday, October 12, 2023 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

“The Commission, along with the help of St. Tammany Parish Government, is excited to host this annual event. It is a collaboration of local talent on display, along with our finest talents being celebrated, which culminates in an inspirational evening,” said Commission of Cultural Arts Chair, Laura Prisco. “We are lucky to live in a parish where the arts are supported, encouraged, and flourish.”

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The St. Tammany President’s Arts Awards is held annually to recognize outstanding artists in St. Tammany Parish. The recipients are selected in 10 categories by the Parish President and the Commission on Cultural Affairs. It is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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