KCYA Annual Awards

 

Kansas City Young Audiences is thrilled to present these awards annually or semi-annually. It is our distinct pleasure to partner with artists, educators, and community members who believe in the transformational power of the arts! 

 

Trudy Award

 

The Trudy Award was designed in memory and honor of Gertrude "Trudy" Benjamin Zeigler. Trudy was a longtime Young Audiences board member, one year board president, community arts advocate and volunteer who worked tirelessly for the arts and for arts education for children. 

 

This award is designed to recognize the efforts of an outstanding supporter of and/or volunteer in the arts community. KCYA presents this award every other year.

 

2017 - No award presented
2016 - Katie Wendel
2015 - No award presented
2014 - Pam and Gary Gradinger
2013 - Alan Gray
2012 - Shirley Bush Helzberg
2011 - No award presented
2010 - Michael C. Kirk, William M. Lyons, B. John Readey, Charles Schmelzer, Kent Sunderland, H. Guyon Townsend III
2009 - Jan Kreamer
2008 - Joan Berkley 
2007 - Joan Israelite
2006 - David Hughes, Jr.
2005 - Adele Hall
2004 - C. Stephen Metzler
2003 - Lennie Berkowitz
2002 - Sarah Rowland
2001 - Robert P. Lyons and Mary Lyons (posthumously)
2000 - Ann Kander
1999 - Bunni Copaken
1998 - Jack Morgan
1997 - Joyce Holland

 


 

Lighton Prize for Teaching Artist Excellence

 

In memory of Gertrude W. Lighton, this award recognizes excellence by KCYA teaching artists who provide interactive arts education programs to students. Lighton Prize winners provide programs that exhibit high artistic quality and a strong connection to school curriculum.

 

2017 - The Recipe Guild (Theodore Hughes & Desmond Jones) 
2016 - Heather Nisbett-Loewenstein of StoneLion Puppet Theatre 
2015 - Stephanie Bryan
2014 - Dinosaur O’Dell a.k.a. Kevin Dolan
2013 - Kim Shope
2012 - Cathy Barton and Dave Para
2011 - Bird Fleming, Traditional Music Society
2010 - Leslie & Jay Cady – Laughing Matters
2009 - Tri-Percussion (Mark Lowry, John Curry, Ray Demarchi, Emily Smith)
2008 - Lisa Henry 
2007 - Chris Hudson
2006 - Susansylvia Scott
2005 - Frank Higgins
2004 - Brad Shaw
2003 - Carol Comer 
2002 - Leon Brady
2001 - David Lowenstein
2000 - Tracy Milsap
1999 - Harlan Brownlee 
1998 - Linda Stoker (First Lighton Prize)

 


 

Distinguished Educator Award

 

Created in the year 2004 by the KCYA staff, this award has been created to honor an educator in the community who understands the importance of integrating the arts into the daily classroom curriculum. This dedicated individual works to provide budget for arts programming for the students and faculty they serve. The Distinguished Educator recipient receives $1,000 in KCYA programming his/or her school. 

 

2017 - David Brouse (Director of Elementary Education, Blue Springs School District)
2016 - Kellie Brady (University Academy)
2015 - Ryan Most (Principal, New Stanley Elementary, KC, KS)
2014 - Prissy LeMay (Grandview C-4 School District)
2013 - Kim Foster, PTA Brookridge Elementary (Shawnee Mission)
2012 - Libia Kozisek (Stanley Elementary, Blue Valley School District)
2011 - Catherine Hunt (Grandview School District)
2010 - Stephanie Hill (Baptiste Educational Center, Hickman Mills School District)
2009 - Saint Paul’s Episcopal Day School Parents Guild
2008 - Martha Thompson (Kansas City, MO School District)       
2007 - Jean Ney (Kansas City, KS Schools District)   
2006 - RD Mallams
2005 - Dr. Ray Daniels
2004 - Joyce White (Principal, Pinkerton Elementary School)