Originally created 06/18/97

Locals honored for work with Arts Council



Singer Flo Carter was recognized for her performing career by the Greater Augusta Arts Council at its annual meeting Tuesday night.

The council recognized contributions to the arts in several categories: for volunteering, to Susan Nicholson; for corporation or foundation, to the Knox Foundation; for media, to the Metropolitan Spirit; and for arts professional, to Pat Finch, executive director of the Augusta Symphony. Robin McElmurray and Jim Gensheer received the President's Award.

Ms. Carter was honored for a performing career than has spanned 40 years. Her nomination for the award cited lengthy credits, including her performing in the mid-1950s on the local television program Today in Dixie. She's performed gospel, country, bluegrass, popular and jazz music, and has appeared at countless civic events in Augusta.

Ms. Finch's accomplishments, as cited in her nominating form, include her work as executive director of the Augusta Symphony. She has presided as that group recovered from financial difficulties.

Ms. Nicholson's nomination form cited her work with as board president of the Augusta Ballet, as well as her work with the American Cancer Society, the YMCA, the YWCA and other non-profit groups. She has personally cultivated more than $100,000 in donations for the ballet, according to the form.

The Knox Foundation was recognized for the grants it has given, and its help in restoring the Sacred Heart Cultural Center, where many local arts groups are based.

The Metropolitan Spirit was recognizing for supporting area arts groups.