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Allentown Arts Commission Announces the Return of the Arts Ovation Awards in 2023 | WDIY Local News

Arts Ovation Awards 2023

The Allentown Arts Commission has announced that the 32nd Annual Arts Ovation Awards will take place on May 11 at Civic Theatre of Allentown. This year's awards mark a comeback as they will be the first time the event is being held since 2019. Allentown Arts Commission chair Jane Heft joined WDIY's Neil Hever for more information about the ceremony's return, the nomination process, and more.

Awards at the 2023 ceremony will be given out in seven categories:

  1. Outstanding Achievement in Visual Arts: An individual and/or Arts organization.
  2. Outstanding Achievement in Performing Arts: An individual and/or Arts organization.
  3. Outstanding Achievement in Literary Arts: An individual and/or Arts organization.
  4. Outstanding Philanthropy: An individual and/or Arts organization.
  5. Outstanding Service: An individual and/or organization who has had a major impact on the arts through exceptional service, volunteerism, or leadership.
  6. Outstanding Educator in the Arts: An individual and/or organization who has made an outstanding impact on their students in the arts.
  7. Emerging Artist Award: An award given for emerging or up-and-coming talent.

The nomination period closed on February 17. More information is available at the Allentown Arts Commission website.

(Original air-date: 2/13/2023)

Neil began his radio career as a student disc jockey at Muhlenberg college radio station WMUH in 1978. After earning a B.A. degree from the college, he spent the next 13 years in commercial radio and sound production at WSAN, Creative Sound studios and later at WAEB. In 1981, while attending Muhlenberg College, he and another community member joined together to form the first organized group of community radio volunteers in the Lehigh Valley. The group began incorporation meetings in 1984 and spent the next decade building support for a new community based station. WDIY 88.1 FM began broadcasting in 1995. Neil joined the staff in August of 1997 as Program Director and was promoted to Operations Director in February 2008.