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Arts Council Recognizes Applause Award Recipients

Wednesday, December 6, 2017  
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Awardees Honored at 38th Annual Holiday Glitter

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is pleased to announce its 2017 Applause Award winners. This year’s recipients include City of Lansing, Virg Benero who received the Civic Leadership Award; Friedland Industries who received the Business Leadership Award; and Tom Ferris who received the Ted Sondag Individual Leadership Award. Awards were also presented to Brian Whitfield; CharlotteRising; Wharton Center for Performing Arts and Jeff Croley.

 The Arts Council has presented its Applause Awards for the past 33 years, honoring awardees in seven different categories. This year’s recipients were recognized at the Arts Council’s 38th Annual Holiday Glitter event, which was held on Dec. 5, 2017 at the University Club of MSU.  Each recipient was presented with a beautifully handcrafted glass award created by Craig Mitchell Smith Glass.

“We have so many wonderful and deserving award recipients again this year,” said Arts Council executive director, Deborah E. Mikula. “Holiday Glitter is our annual celebration event and the perfect forum for honoring our awardees. Patrons and guests from all across the community are in attendance, ensuring our honorees receive the widespread recognition they deserve.”

The Applause Awards program was created to acknowledge those community members who are engaging in creative endeavors and advocating for and supporting arts, culture and creativity in Greater Lansing.

"Honoring these individuals and businesses who are making a difference in their communities through the arts is so important,” Mikula says. “Our awardees are dedicated to putting art and creativity at the forefront to strengthen and grow our cities and communities, and we are so fortunate to have them in our region."

Founded in 1965, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing exists to support, strengthen and promote arts, culture and creativity in the capital region. For more information, visit

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