Arts and Culture Commission Celebrates Theo and DeWayne Wee


The public is invited to celebrate the 2015 Living Treasure Award to Theo and DeWayne Wee on Thursday, January 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Event Center. The award is given annually by the City of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission to a person or organization that has contributed substantially over a period of time to the identity of Northfield and to its quality of life through arts and culture.

Commission chair, Philip Spensley, notes that over the years since their arrival in Northfield in 1966, the Wees “consistently, generously and unstintingly contributed their skills and talents to a wide range of community organizations and events;” They both serve as organists for local churches and have worked with the public schools’ music programs.

While the award normally honors a single recipient, the Wees will be honored as a couple.  In nominating the Wees for the award, Northfield High School instrumental music teacher, Mary Williams, along UCC Music Director Chris Brunelle, and JoAnn Polley, emeritus professor of music at St. Olaf College, attest that "The reason Theo and DeWayne should be recognized as a couple is because they really function as a team, supporting each other and broadening their pianistic impact.  Singly either could easily deserve community recognition, but together their accomplishment is truly enormous."

The event is sponsored by the Northfield news and supported financially by local businesses, including: By All Means Graphics, Carleton College, Chapati, College City Beverages, The Contented Cow, First National Bank, Neuger Communications, Northfield Oils and Vinegar, The Rare Pair, and The Rueb ‘N’ Stein.