15th Annual Birmingham Bloomfield Cultural Arts Awards Announced

The Cultural Council of Birmingham/Bloomfield is pleased to announce that Diane Bert, of Bloomfield Hills will be presented with the 15th Annual Birmingham Bloomfield Cultural Arts Award at a ceremony at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center on August 27. A Special Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Barbara Kratchman of Bloomfield Hills. The awards are sponsored by the Cultural Council of Birmingham/Bloomfield, the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, the Community House and the Observer and Eccentric Newspapers.

Nominations for the award come from members of our community who wish to honor the person they believe has done the most to further the arts in the community. Juror’s cited Bert’s generous spirit as an artist and educator when selecting her to receive the award. Amongst many of her volunteer efforts following her retirement as a school principal, she has left her mark throughout the greater Birmingham/Bloomfield area by involving young and old to work alongside her painting murals that grace school parking lots, community centers and churches—with what one Birmingham School Board member called ‘learning art.’

Kratchman will receive a Special Lifetime Achievement Award honoring her tireless commitment and the breadth of her advocacy of the arts in education and everyday life in Michigan. The founding President of ArtServe Michigan, and a former executive Director of the Michigan Council for the Arts under Governor Blanchard, she was appointed again by Governor Granholm and currently serves on the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. Kratchman’s reach via her advocacy, her service on numerous boards and committees, and her administrative ability, has probably touched every artist in the state of Michigan.

The Birmingham Bloomfield Cultural Arts Awards will be presented during the opening reception for the Annual Exhibition of Birmingham Society of Women Painters at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center on Friday, August 27, from 6-8:00 p.m.