Partners in the Arts Awards honoring individuals and businesses for their support of the arts were presented at a reception Feb. 10 by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the University of South Florida College of Fine Arts and the Tampa Bay Business Committee for the Arts.
Gregory C. Yadley, an attorney with Dykema Gossett, received the Chamber's Cultural Contributor of the Year award. Yadley has chaired the Chamber's Cultural Development Council, the Tampa Ballet and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County Board of Directors. He was chairman of the City-County Task Force on the Arts in 1991.
The Arts Council presented awards to Adela Gonzmart, Natalie Taliaferro and Anna Brennen.
Gonzmart was named Individual Patron for her work in the founding and continued support of Ballet Folkloric de Ybor. She has financed the rehearsal and teaching studio of the company and many of the costumes for their performances.
Taliaferro, founder and artistic director of the Kuumba Dancers and Drummers, received the Arts in Education award. Ms. Taliaferro has taught children and adults about African cultures through music, dance, costumes and storytelling.
Brennen, founder of Stageworks Theater Company, received the Individual Artist award for her support of minority artists and her work in developing new plays.
Ann Reinking received the Individual Patron award from the USF College of Fine Arts for her support of the students and curriculum of the university's dance and theater departments.
The college's Corporate Support award went to GTE South and GTE Data Services.
The Tampa Bay Business Committee for the Arts presented the Employee Involvement and Impact award to Skeeter's Ideas Interiors for the company's leadership role in planning and executing a fund-raiser for the Florida Orchestra.
Winner Koenig advertising agency and the Tampa Bay Business Journal received the Corporate Business Partnership award for design and production of a series of ads, a direct-mail piece and a corporate brochure promoting corporate involvement in the Tampa Museum of Art.
The Small Business Partnership award went to Graphic Services of Tampa for its assistance in graphic design and printing services of posters, fliers, mailers and logo design for the New Playmakers and the Museum of Science and Industry.
The 1992 Board of Directors has been elected for Angels Unaware, a non-profit residential care program for severe and profoundly retarded citizens of Tampa Bay. Directors are Millard and Connie Tatum, William and Bessie Monfort, Bernard and Katherine Werner, Mike and Joyce Hatfield, Dolan and Rosalyn Buchanan, William Cook, Joseph McConnell, Jerry Gibbs and Richard Emerson. The Rev. V. Scott Harris of Oak Grove Methodist Church has been named an honorary member.
Angels Unaware has four group homes that offer alternative living for 41 mentally handicapped young adults. Under the leadership of director Ross O'Banion, 45 staff members keep Angels Unaware operational.