Patsy Dew to Receive Living Treasure Award Thursday

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Chair Philip Spensley announces that the Arts and Culture Commission's 2014 Living Treasure Award which annually honors a Northfield area resident who has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the city’s identity and quality of life through and behalf of the arts and culture, will be presented by Mayor Dana Graham to Patsy Dew at a ceremony starting at 7 pm at the Grand Event Center, Thursday, January 16.  The public is invited to attend the celebration and to share in the expression of appreciation for Patsy's many and significant contributions to the community.  Live music will be provided by Peterj Webb.  Snacks will be served and a cash bar will be available.  Two tickets to Chanhassen Dinner Theatre and two to the Old Log Theatre will be given as door prizes, thanks to Jeff Johnson and KYMN.

Arts activist, arts advocate, photographer and theatre artist, Patsy's major contribution, according to her nominator, Jane McWilliams, has been as "a builder of arts programs to make the arts accessible to all members of the community."  As program coordinator for the Northfield Arts Guild, she initiated, with Myrna Johnson, the Young People's Theatre workshop and created other opportunities in theatre for youth on a year-round basis, guided and expanded the dance program, initiated a program in Mexican folkloric dance and secured the grant funding to support it, and started a literary arts program "Writers' Night" to give adult writers in the community a venue for sharing their art.  For the last five years, since leaving her position at the NAG, Patsy has served as Assistant Senior Center Director where she has expanded opportunities for seniors to participate in the arts so that the Arts are now considered to be an area of emphasis in the Center Programming, according to Lynne Pederson, Senior Center Director. In addition to developing an art gallery to showcase the work of older adults, Patsy has developed a theatre program to perform old fashioned melodrama, and has introduced various classes in writing and dance and the fine arts.

The Northfield Arts and Culture's Living Treasure Award is sponsored by the Northfield News.  Contributing to the event at the Grand are the Archer House, By All Means Graphics, Carleton College, Chapati, The Contented Cow, The Rare Pair, and Rebound Enterprises.

As recipient of the award, Dew will serve as an ambassador for the arts in Northfield throughout 2014 and collaborate with the Commision on an event of her own choosing, still to be determined.  Patsy continues her work with seniors at the Senior Center as well as following  her own artistic pursuits.