2014 Arts Awards

The Hall County Arts and Humanities Council is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Moonshell Arts and Humanities awards. The award winners have made outstanding contributions to the arts and humanities in our community and the Council will be honoring them at its 2014 Moonshell Celebrate the

Arts Awards Banquet on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Riverside Golf Club. The winners are:

Patron of the Arts Award: Ken Gnadt for his enthusiasm and unfailing support of events of all kinds–school productions, community programs, museum events, fundraising efforts and many, many more.

Philanthropic Award: Margaret Hornady David for her significant financial support of the Grand Island Little Theatre home at College Park, the Stuhr Museum, Nebraska Cultural Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, and Nebraska Educational Telecommunications to name a few.

Individual Event Award: Jennifer Worthington for the outstanding job she did as Local Coordinator of the Hall County Chautauqua 2013. She coordinated musicians, actors, volunteers, vendors, educational activities and kept everyone on task to produce an event that drew in over 500 people each night for five nights.

Literary Award: Nancy Rodgers whose poetry has enriched the lives of everyone in Hall County. Her work regularly appears in the Grand Island Independent and captures the spirit of our community.

Larry Maupin Education Award: Billie Anderson Monnington who has devoted most of her 90 years to teaching Hall County’s children to dance and appreciate the joy of dance.

Arts & Humanities Project Award: John Hanssen for his tireless assistance with development of the Stolley House, the Burlington Station, the Seedling Mile, and other historic features in Hall County as well as his research into the genealogy of Hall County’s settlers and his collection of historic memorabilia.

Junior Individual Event or Performance Award: Evan McGowan a talented and dedicated young artist who has already had a public art show and sold a piece of his art although he is only a senior in high school.

The theme of this year’s awards banquet is Celebrate the Arts! because the arts and humanities play such an important role in our lives every day. Whether you sing in the shower or just hear the music in radio and television commercials, your emotions are affected by music every day. Art surrounds us on posters, signs, advertisements, magazine covers and in video games. We read novels, newspapers and blogs daily. Our beliefs and activities are shaped by the culture and customs of our grandparents and immigrant neighbors. The arts have the ability to shape our society by reflecting on it, criticizing it, or capturing its spirit.

The 2014 Moonshell Celebrate the Arts Awards Banquet is on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Riverside Golf Club. Tickets may be purchased for $35 each by sending a check or money order to

Moonshell, P.O. Box 531, Grand Island, NE 68802-0531 and including your contact information.

Additional information may be found at moonshellartsandhumanities.com or by emailing moonshellartsandhumanities@gmail.com.

Pam Andersen

Moonshell Arts and Humanities Council for Hall County

P.O. Box 531

Grand Island, NE 68802-0531



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