BIRMINGHAM, Mich. -- The Cultural Council of Birmingham-Bloomfield will present its first "Partners with the Arts" award to Hagopian World of Rugs on Friday, Oct. 4.
The new award, which honors a non-profit, business or organization that supports the arts in the Birmingham/Bloomfield community.
Hagopian is being recognized for their philanthropy especially as major benefactors of the DIA, as well as their collaborations in the community which include their annual rug-design scholarship competition in conjunction with the College of Creative Studies, their Friday Nightnotes concerts of Jazz , pop and a 25-year collaboration with Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, an annual statewide student design competition in association with the American Society of Interior Design, and an annual student writing contest on the Armenian Genocide for middle and high-school students.
The Cultural Council of Birmingham-Bloomfield is also pleased to announce that Barbara Heller of Birmingham has been selected as the 24th Annual Birmingham-Bloomfield Cultural Arts Award Honoree.
A jury of community arts enthusiasts selected Heller as the 2019 honoree because of her immense impact on the arts not only in the Birmingha/Bloomfield area, but also nationally and internationally. As director and conservator of special projects at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and former chief conservator, she has her unseen hand on most of the DIA's greatest works, including the conservation of the Diego Rivera Detroit Industry Frescoes, as well as on projects throughout the country and Europe.
Locally, Heller is an active volunteer. Heller has chaired the Public Arts Board in Birmingham for many years and has been responsible for overseeing, promoting and facilitating the installation of public sculptures throughout the city.
The public is invited to the awards reception Friday, Oct. 4 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, 1516 S. Cranbrook Rd., Birmingham, 48009.