Daemen is First Recipient of New Arts Award

May 22, 2014

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AMHERST, N.Y. -- Daemen College has been selected as the first recipient of the Business Supporter Award presented as part of the Town of Amherst Arts and Culture in Public Places Board’s newly created program to celebrate contributions to the arts in the community.

The honor was presented at the inaugural Amherst Awards for the Arts event held May 13 in MusicalFare Theatre on the college’s campus. The awards program recognizes organizations and individuals who provide outstanding service to local art and display excellence within the arts discipline.

“Daemen has a longstanding dedication to fostering visual and performing arts as well as in nurturing the artistic, creative and intellectual potential of our students in an array of programs,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “We are proud to receive this honor and be recognized as a vital center of arts and cultural development in Amherst and throughout the region.”

Also honored was Christian Brandjes, Daemen associate professor of theatre, who received the Individual Artist Award. He serves as artistic director of the Buffalo Soundpainting Ensemble, a collaborative group that conducts performance experiments with non-linear narrative, ensemble scripting and its relationship to improvisation.

Other 2014 honorees include the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Arts Organization Award; Marilyn Ciancio, Behind-the-Scenes Individual Award; Philip Morey, Individual Supporter Award; and Harrison Graser, Youth Award.

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