In its tradition of annually recognizing the extraordinary contributions and accomplishments of Washtenaw County artists and creatives, individuals, businesses and organizations in Washtenaw County, the board of The Arts Alliance announced The Arts Alliance Medal for Arts, Science & Humanities medals for 2018.
Medalists are celebrated for long-term exemplary achievements in advancing and increasing public awareness of the creative sector in the greater Ann Arbor area. Through their actions, leadership, philanthropy and body of work, medalists set the standard for excellence and serve as an example for others to follow.
The Outstanding Service Medal 2018 award went to Debbie Dingell and John Dingell.
The Outstanding Service Medal recognizes outstanding civic leadership and significant contributions made in furthering the field of arts, sciences and humanities in Washtenaw County and beyond.
Debbie and John Dingell, through their personal and public service, have long been champions for the arts, creative industries and historic preservation.
John Dingell represented Michigan in the U.S. House of Representatives from Dec. 13, 1955 to Jan. 3, 2015, serving for more than 59 years, the longest uninterrupted Congressional tenure in U.S. history. He supported the establishment of and continues to be an advocate for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities. He helped bring federal investment to arts, cultural and historic venues in Washtenaw County and throughout his district.
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell represents Michigan’s 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is the sponsor of the CREATE Act legislation in Congress and has been a strong advocate for the arts since before she was an elected official. While serving as president of the General Motors Foundation, she helped to partner with filmmaker Ken Burns (an Ann Arbor native) on a number of documentary films.
Debbie Dingell continues John Dingell’s tradition of sponsoring the Congressional high school art competition in their respective districts and being a member of the Congressional art and STEAM caucuses.
The 2018 medalists will be celebrated during a ceremony at THE pARTy! 2018, The Arts Alliance’s signature celebration and fundraiser at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 at Mélange Bistro, 312 South Main Street, Ann Arbor. For ticket information go to https://a2tix.com/events/THE-pARTy-2018-The-Arts-Alliance or call 734.213.2733.