Local Arts

ASC, Opera, Symphony honor area people for years of work, support

By Helen Schwab

hschwab@charlotteobserver.com

The ASC honored Ann Jacob, a fourth/fifth grade teacher at New Town Elementary in Waxhaw.
The ASC honored Ann Jacob, a fourth/fifth grade teacher at New Town Elementary in Waxhaw.

And you thought awards season was over with the Oscars. Three Charlotte arts organizations recently rewarded people who have served in various ways for years.

Eight people won Honors Awards from the Arts & Science Council, five for lifetime achievement in arts, science or history (given every three years) and three for career achievement in teaching:

Dr. Tom Hanchett is an author and former historian for the Levine Museum of the New South, who developed bus tours for the Community Building Initiative that help teach the city’s racial history.

Tyrone Jefferson is executive director and musician with the nonprofit A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas and former music director and trombone player for James Brown.

Sonia Handleman Meyer is a former New York Photo League photographer whose work captured images of social injustice in the ’40s and ’50s.

Beverly Penninger is a documentary filmmaker.

Dr. Raphael Tsu is UNC Charlotte professor noted for work in quantum properties of materials and device physics.

Windy Fullagar is band director for Alexander Graham Middle School.

Ann Jacob is a fourth/fifth grade teacher at New Town Elementary in Waxhaw.

Julie McConnell is a biology teacher at William A. Hough High School.

MORE AWARDS: Opera Carolina presented its Helen and Stewart P. Blake Philanthropy Award to Pepper and Roddey Dowd Sr. in recognition of the Dowd family and its foundation’s support for generations, including funding that helped the opera into new offices, now called the Elizabeth Roddey Dowd Opera Center.

And the Charlotte Symphony awarded Hugh McColl its Sally Ann Hall Spirit of the Symphony Award, noting the “multiple times he has found the means for our orchestra to continue and to grow into the excellent ensemble it is today,” said Symphony president Robert Stickler.

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