Three honored for work in arts

May 06, 1999|By Jill Hudson Neal | Jill Hudson Neal,SUN STAFF

A jazz musician, a county public school administrator and a devoted dance critic and enthusiast have been honored by the Howard County Arts Council for their contributions to the local arts scene.

Winners of the 1998 "Howie Awards" are guitarist Damon Foreman, who was named Howard's Outstanding Artist; R. Barry Shauck, honored as Outstanding Arts Educator; and Carolyn Keleman, who was selected Outstanding Community Supporter of the Arts.

The awards were presented last month at the second Celebration of the Arts held at Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts in Columbia. The performance gala raised $50,000, which will help fund arts projects in Howard.

The three Howie Award winners are big supporters of arts education, said Coleen West, executive director of the Howard County Arts Council.

Foreman has performed with musicians such as Melba Moore, the late Phyllis Hyman and saxophonist Wynton Marsalis, who will be the headline performer at this year's Columbia Festival for the Arts in mid-June.

Foreman has been a mentor to young music students and, in 1990, formed Jazz Interactions, a group that travels to schools to teach children about jazz technique and history.

"Damon's community spiritedness has been a real inspiration," West said.

Shauck, who joined the Howard County public school system in 1986 as the supervisor of art, is now the visual arts facilitator for county schools. During his tenure, the art teaching staff has grown from 33 to more than 90. West said Shauck has "done a tremendous job of hiring teachers and fighting for keeping the arts a strong component of the curriculum."

Shauck has served as president of the Maryland Art Education Association and is director-elect for the National Art Education's Supervision and Administration Division. He is also chairman of the Maryland Alliance for the Arts in Education.

As founder of the Bryant Woods Basement Bunch and the Interfaith Housing Ballet based at Slayton House in Columbia, Keleman has been active in the local arts community since 1970. She has written about dance for Patuxent Publishing since 1975 and in 1988 organized an AIDS benefit called "A Labor of Love," which featured performers from Broadway and Hollywood.

She also has organized children's shows such as "Carnival," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Oklahoma!"

The Howie Award winners were selected from nominations in three categories received by the Howard County Arts Council.

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