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Friday March 22nd 2019

2016 Lawton Cultural Award Winners Announced

(Lawton, OK) Since 1979, annually the City of Lawton and the Lawton Arts & Humanities Council asks the public to nominate individuals and businesses or organizations who make outstanding contributions to the arts and humanities in our community for the Lawton Cultural Awards. The activities of all nominees chosen had to have made a significant impact upon the cultural life of the Lawton/Fort Sill Community through volunteerism, service to underserved or at-risk populations, increased funding and resources, increased public awareness, contributions to arts and humanities education, and increased public access to arts and humanities programs/activities.

The 2016 Lawton Cultural Award winners are:

D’esirae Schneider, 2016 Roma Clift Montgomery Citizen of the Arts

Dr. Rosemary Bellino, M.D., 2016 Roma Clift Montgomery Citizen of the Humanities

Sherri Conwell, 2016 Educator in the Arts (SherriDancecenter Conwell

Marie-Ginette Baillargeon, Ph.D., 2016 Educator in the Humanities

Robert Peterson, 2016 Artist of the Year

Gill’s Framing & Photo, Kris McCurley Gill & David Gill, 2016 Business in the Arts

They will be recognized and presented their awards at the annual Arts for All Kick-Off Fund Drive Luncheon, Friday, February 24, 11:30am, Lawton Country Club, 4601 W Gore Blvd, in Lawton. Reservations are required for this very popular event. This annual event is cosponsored by the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce. The City of Lawton and the Lawton Arts & Humanities Council extends appreciation to the Arts for All Organization for allowing these presentations during this great community event.

For information on the Lawton Cultural Awards, call the Arts & Humanities Division at 580-581-3470 or 581-3471 or visit

For information about the Arts for All Kick-Off Luncheon, call the Lawton-Fort-Sill Chamber of Commerce at 580-355-3541 or visit their website at

For information about the Arts for All Organization, call the Arts for All office at 580-248-5384 or visit their website at

Sharon Cheatwood – Lawton Arts and Humanities