Hollins and Roanoke College have announced the nominees for this year’s Perry F. Kendig Awards. Since 1985, the awards have showcased the quality and diversity of arts and culture in the Roanoke Valley.
The Perry F. Kendig Arts and Culture Awards, which this year celebrates 30 years of recognizing exemplary individuals, businesses, and organizations in the Roanoke Valley that support excellence in the arts, is now welcoming nominations for its 2015 honors.
The January 27 event is intended to promote discussions in and among local college communities about equal rights and the need to continue to build “the beloved community” espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In recognition of King’s life and work, members of the campus community will present poems, songs, and original works and then engage in volunteer activities with several Roanoke Valley non-profit organizations.
Hollins is one of nine contending teams taking part in the second annual Canstruction Southwest Virginia, a “can do” event raising hunger awareness and collecting food through a colossal canned food sculpture competition.
Co-sponsored by Hollins and Roanoke College, the Kendig Awards recognize distinction in arts and culture in the Roanoke Valley. Awards are presented in each of the following categories: Individual Artist, Individual or Business Supporter, and Arts and Culture Organization.
Hollins graduate students partnered with Peace Corps Ethiopia to produce creative short stories that have been published in various regions of the African nation. The stories supplement English language instruction in grades four through eight.
Assistant Professor of Art Jennifer Anderson is presenting “The Human Form Through the History of Art” at VTC School of Medicine’s first forum for creative learning about medicine, “Anatomy for Artists and Other Curious Sorts.”
Artist Harriet Stokes, Studios on the Square owner Richard Kurshan, and the Roanoke Children’s Theatre are this year’s honorees.
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll has recognized Hollins six times since the program’s inception in 2006.