Pamela Tatge, director of the Center for the Arts, received the William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.
The William Dawson Award is given to an individual or organization in the presenting field for sustained leadership, innovation and vision in program design, audience building and community involvement efforts. The award honors William M. Dawson, a seminal leader in the field of arts administration, who served for 14 years as Director of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (then called the Association of College, University and Community Arts Administrators).
“The William Dawson Award is the highest recognition our field offers its leaders, and many past recipients are legendary for their contributions to the arts in the United States,” says Sandra Gibson, president and CEO of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. ”
In considering Pamela’s nomination, the Awards Committee applauded the Center for the Arts’ innovative contributions to integrating the arts into with other academic disciplines and the entire life of the campus, its outstanding commitment to supporting artists’ research and teaching – including both Wesleyan faculty and visiting artists, and its many creative approaches to connecting the college and Middletown communities.”
The committee also applauded Tatge’s leadership in contributing to the development of major national initiatives such as the National Dance Project, Center for Creative Research and the association’s Creative Campus program.
Tatge will receive the award Jan. 11 during the association’s annual conference in New York City.