Jane Denick Award to Curtain Players

Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2017, 7:50am

The Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau and Arts Council of Westerville have bestowed upon Curtain Players its Jane Denick Advancement of the Arts Award. The honor includes a $500 grant with which the community theatre company may continue its work within the local arts community.

Ralph Denick announced the award at WVCB’s annual meeting Wednesday February 8 at Old Bag O’ Nails Pub in Uptown Westerville.

Jill Taylor and James F. Petsche, Curtain Players president and vice president respectively, accepted the honor.

Denick, a member of the local arts council and owner of Java Central, recalled his wife’s commitment to building a strong arts community in Westerville and noted the theatre company’s own efforts in this regard. This includes not only Curtain’s 54 seasons in production, but also its growing community partnerships. In 2016, Curtain Players and Westerville Parks and Recreation brought free theatre to the Alum Creek North Park amphitheater with Robin Hood and the Secret of Sherwood. Curtain Players and the Westerville Public Library hosted a touring exhibition and presented a special program in conjunction with its The Diary of Anne Frank staging.

The Westerville arts community in 2013 lost a dear friend in Jane Denick. Jane was a musician who spent her life working tirelessly to promote and to build appreciation for all forms of art in Westerville created and presented by musicians, painters, photographers, sculptors, performing and visual artists. Jane never quit her pursuit to help everyone better understand how important it is to have a rich arts community.

To celebrate Jane’s legacy, the WVCB established the Advancement of the Arts Award in her memory. Each year an organization, group, or individual is recognized for its meaningful and ongoing contributions to the community and receives the grant to support growth of its program.

The award selection committee is comprised of representatives of the WVCB Board of Trustees, the Arts Council of Westerville, and Westerville Art League.