Scripps-Corbett Award winners unveiled

Thu, April 24, 2008 by Crystal Price

CINCINNATI - The winners of the 2008 Scripps-Corbett Awards, the most-prestigious recognition of individuals and organizations that have made artistic or cultural contributions to the Greater Cincinnati area, have been announced by The E. W. Scripps Company.

Seven awards will be bestowed this year, encompassing the winners in five specific categories as well as two lifetime achievement honors.

This year's winners are:

  • Artist Award: Cincinnati Children's Choir, Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • Organization Award: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
  • Innovation Award: ballet tech cincinnati
  • Special Award - Arts Education: WOW: Writers of Outstanding Words
  • Supporter Award: Harry Fath
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards: Steven Monder and Jefferson James

The seven awards will be presented at the finale celebration for this year's Fine Arts Fund campaign. The public is invited to join in this gala, which will be held at the Cincinnati Art Museum on April 29 at 5:30 p.m. Interested arts enthusiasts should contact the Fine Arts Fund (513-871-2787) if they would like to attend.

"It's hard to imagine a more-distinguished gathering of artists and patrons than the recipients who will assemble for this year's Scripps-Corbett Awards," said Kenneth W. Lowe, president and chief executive officer of Scripps. "The civic enrichment represented by their talent and commitment is immeasurable, and we all prosper from their unique contributions to Cincinnati's cultural fabric."

The Scripps-Corbett Awards are named in honor of the late arts patrons Patricia and J. Ralph Corbett, who worked with two Scripps newspapers - The Cincinnati Post and The Kentucky Post - in launching the awards program in 1975. 

The judges for the 2008 awards were Van Ackerman (Cincinnati Arts Association), Jeaunita Olowe (Bi-Okoto Drum & Dance Theater and School of African Cultures), John Vissman (Institute for Non-Profit Capacity at Northern Kentucky University), Jim Wiseman (Toyota) and Kathy Wade (Learning Through Art).

About Scripps

The E. W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) is a diverse and growing media enterprise with interests in national cable networks, newspaper publishing, broadcast television stations, interactive media, and licensing and syndication.

The company's portfolio of media properties includes: Scripps Networks, with such brands as HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living and Great American Country; daily and community newspapers in 15 markets and the Washington-based Scripps Media Center, home to the Scripps Howard News Service; 10 broadcast TV stations, including six ABC-affiliated stations, three NBC affiliates and one independent; Scripps Interactive Media, including leading online search and comparison shopping services, Shopzilla and uSwitch; and United Media, a leading worldwide licensing and syndication company that is the home of PEANUTS, DILBERT and approximately 150 other features and comics.

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