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2003

Books and the Stage Build a Rainbow of Opportunities

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Bridge Builders Award (Charlotte, NC)

Kenneth D. Lewis, President and CEO, Bank of America, Robert Cannon, Executive Director, Public Library of Charlotte/Mecklenburg County and Bruce LaRowe, Executive Director, Children’s Theater of Charlotte for their visionary leadership and initiative in creating ImaginOn-The Joe and Joan Martin Center a joint venture between a library, children’s theatre, and progressive chairman. Through innovative programs using the written, spoken and electronic word, ImaginOn will be an interactive learning environment for young people and their families in the greater Charlotte area.

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Arts Education and Community Building

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Bridge Builders Award (St. Louis, MO)

Richard D. Baron, Co-Founder and CEO, McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. and Stephanie Riven, Executive Director, Center for Contemporary Arts for their efforts towards creating The Center for Contemporary Arts, which has become an exemplary site for affordable arts and education programs for youth and family in the St. Louis community. Special recognition will be extended to Mr. Baron for his 30-year commitment towards using culture and heritage as a bridge for community improvement in residential and commercial development of mixed income neighborhoods.

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Culture Builds Jamaica: The Bridge to Local Economic Development

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Bridge Builders Award (Jamaica-Queens, NY)

Jacqueline Arrington, Vice President, Citibank Community Relations and F. Carlisle Towery, President, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation for their decade long commitment to putting culture to work as a community building strategy, especially for the banks efforts in using culture as a primary resource for reinvigorating the neighborhood of Jamaica, Queens and helping to transform it into a dynamic metropolitan area.

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A Little Soul Goes a Long Way

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Bridge Builders Award (Memphis, TN)

Andrew F. Cates, President, Cates Company, Project Developer & Chairman, Soulsville and Deanie Parker, President and Executive Director, Soulsville for their commitment to reinvigorating the neighborhood of Soulsville, Memphis through the Soulsville non-profit organization that is in charge of building the Stax Museum of American Soul Music as well as the Stax Music Academy for inner city youth.

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Setting the Standard

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Bridge Builders Award (Prince George's County, MD)

Nick Francis, President, Gateway Community Development Corporation and The Honorable Jack B. Johnson,  County Executive, Prince George’s County, Maryland for their development and creation of the Prince George’s Gateway Arts District, the largest, single public/private arts and community revitalization effort in the nation. Gateway is an innovator on how to use arts-based development projects as a catalyst for commercial revitalization by exploring ways to support the artists living and working in its community.

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