Recently I visited a house constructed entirely of glass, being built by a former director of both the Whitney and Warhol museums. Pretty cool, and from the end of the driveway, its structural elements are nearly invisible. Move closer, and crucial details become apparent.
The opening week of Fall Arts Festival 2008, gallery owner Lyndsay McCandless received the Cultural Council’s “Award for Creativity.” Lyndsay plays a public role in our arts community, working to provide venues and opportunities for worthy initiatives. Many people play indispensable supporting roles, binding our creative house together. Their work, perhaps less obvious, is equally dynamic.
Don Kushner noted three additional nominees for this year’s award: Doug Henderson, Cathy Wikoff and Macey Mott.
I met Doug Henderson in 1990 at the Pink Garter Plaza, where he worked to develop and enhance Jackson Hole theatre. These days, Doug energetically serves as the Center for the Arts’ Facility Director; in that capacity, he’s everywhere. If there’s a part to play, he plays it. Doug’s enthusiasm, pride and dedication never dim.
Cathy Wikoff’s gentle vibe belies her eagle eye for development. She’s brought national attention to the Art Association; the National Endowment for the Arts and the Smithsonian acknowledge her work. The National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Children’s Discovery Wing may not have happened without her.
Macey Mott founded and runs Riot Act Theatre Company. A Jackson native, she’s committed to our grass roots arts community. Macey donates time to Dancers’ Workshop, Off Square Theatre Company, JHHS drama, the Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole and the Center for the Arts. Macey takes a dare and runs with it, always maintaining the highest standards.