The Thirteenth Annual Arts and Culture Awards will be presented at the Depot Foundation’s Circle of Friends Celebration this Thursday, October 18, at the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center (also known as the Depot) during the foundation’s Annual Meeting. These awards celebrate the efforts of “outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to our region as a vibrant cultural hub.”
We are proud to announce that Zenith City Online founder and publisher Tony Dierckins will be this year’s recipient of the Historic Preservation and Interpretation award. He is the author of six books related to Duluth history, including the recent Lost Duluth (which he co-authored with Norton), and Crossing the Canal: An Illustrated History of Duluth’s Aerial Bridge, a 2009 finalist for the Minnesota Book Award.
Congratulations are in order for the other 2012 Award winners: tireless cultural supporter Laura Budd for Lifetime Achievement; ceramic artists Richard Gruchella and Carrin Rosetti, as Artists; actor, educator, and playwright Tom Isbell, Lifetime Artist; Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Erin Aldridge, Community Enrichment; and Lyric Opera of the North leaders Calland Metts and Sarah Lawrence, for their Initiative.
In 2006, Zenith City Online’s Senior Historian and co-author of Lost Duluth Maryanne Norton won the Arts and Culture Historic Preservation and Interpretation Award for her community expertise and helpfulness at the Duluth Public Library. She is the brains and pen behind ZCO’s popular “Ask the Historian” monthly column.
Other past winners of the Historic Preservation and Interpretation Awards have included Carolyn Sundquist of the National Trust for Historical Preservation, Dolly Schnell, Bob Berg and Dennis Lamkin of the Duluth Preservation Alliance, Glensheen, Tom Gannon, Patricia Maus of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Center and Glensheen gardener Dan McClelland.