2015 Fine Arts Educator of the Year Michelle Osborne  &  Arts Person of the Year Angela Moore

2016 Arts Person of the Year Wes Tucker &

Fine Arts Educator of the Year Stacy Bottoms

Our Hall of Fame....

For any questions regarding these awards or the nomination and winner selection process,

please email stanlycountyartscouncil1974@gmail.com, or call 704-982-8118. 

2017 Fine Arts Educator of the Year is

Mrs. Jessica Alvarez Kiser

        The Stanly County Arts Council recognizes a Fine Arts Educator of the Year with the "Jim Kennedy" award, given in loving memory of James D. Kennedy, a long time Fine Arts Educator and supporter of the arts in education.  Mrs. Kiser received a $250 classroom scholarship that the AMS band used to purchased congas.

For the past 5 years, Jessica Kiser has been the band director at Albemarle Middle School in Albemarle. According to Kiser’s principal, Mrs. Beverly Pennington, “True learning takes place when students are inspired to learn the content.  Mrs. Kiser inspires, motivates and encourages young musicians to develop the skills necessary to not only satisfy their present curiosity but, more importantly, develop a passion to extend their musical skills far beyond their middle school years.”    Some of the accomplishments Mrs. Kiser has had at AMS includes offering after school band tutoring, Chorus Club, Pep Band, Bucket Drums, and Brass Ensemble.  Twenty-six percent of AMS students are enrolled in Band.  She also inspires her student to be involved in music beyond the classroom by taking them to community concerts, touring the Music Program at UNC – Greensboro, and playing the Duke Pep Band.  She herself also participates in the Stanly County Concert Band.  She has also won funding opportunities through the Stanly Education Grant twice in her five years of teaching.  She was recently selected as Teacher of the Week and selected by her peers as the New Teacher of the Year.  Lastly, Mrs. Pennington added “ During my 28 years of experience in public education, I have never seen one individual have such a dramatic impact on the arts in a school.”  

2017 Arts Person & Fine Arts Educator Winners 
announced at Celebration of the Arts!

2017 Arts Person of the Year is 

Mrs. Carmella Hedrick 

  This award was created in 2014 to recognize those who have made a significant positive impact on the arts in our county, and who have worked diligently to support, promote, and create quality arts experiences for our whole community.  A $250 donation from the Arts Council is made in Mrs. Hedrick's honor to the art(s) group of her choosing.  Mrs. Hedrick chose the Stanly County Concert Band.

“Carmella is creative, committed and compassionate to the arts in Stanly County and has been for 39 years!  She is the epitome of service!”  These were the first words on the recommendation letter for Carmella Hedrick.  In fact, Mrs. Hedrick was nominated by more than one person.  Currently, she is a full time music professor at Stanly Community College, band director at Pfeiffer University, and is one of three band directors for the Stanly County Concert Band as well as a board member.  She was also instrumental in the start of the County Concert Band, ensuring that Pfeiffer University students and the community who were not in the field of music had a place to go to continue their love of playing their instrument. Mrs. Hedrick taught for Stanly County public schools, was the Minister of Music at Central United Methodist Church for 34 years with a passion for church music to include children, youth, bell choirs, and adult sanctuary choir.  She has also directed Stanly County Chorale, theatre productions for Uwharrie Players, West Stanly Players and Pfeiffer, community services for Advent and Christmas, provided music for downtown Christmas and many other events.  Other recognitions received include Pi Kappa Lambda (Music Honor Society), Adjunct Teacher of the Year at Stanly Community College and Who’s Who.  Mrs. Hedrick’s nomination finished with “Passion for the arts in every opportunity, teaching privately and in groups, and sharing her own talent for encouragement are evident everything she does.  She is such an organizer and this allows her to accomplish and abundance of tasks with professionalism and joy to all around her.  Nothing is too much in her world of haring her love, talent and opportunities in the wonderful world of the arts.    A $250 donation from the Arts Council was made in her honor to the arts group(s) of her choosing.  Mrs. Hedrick chose the Stanly County Concert Band.

Supporting and Encouraging the Arts in Stanly County since 1974

Nominations are now being accepted for the

2018 Arts Person of the Year!!!

Winner will be announced at the Celebration of the ARTS.... February 17, 2018 @ 2:00 pm, Agri-civic Center

Deadline:  January 12, 2018

Click here for nomination form.