Dudley Laufman

receives the

2001 New Hampshire

Governor's Arts Award for Folk Heritage

Photo taken by Michael Morse 

for the Keene Sentinel article 

Governor Honors Folk Musician (click)

by Mary DesRosiers 












    Pictures from the spectacular evening of New Hampshire arts and culture as Dudley Laufman, musician, caller and poet, receives the Folk Heritage Award of the 2001 Governors’ Arts Awards from Governor Jeanne Shaheen for his outstanding contributions to the excellence and availability of the arts.

    Hosted by Laura Knoy of New Hampshire Public Radio, six other awards were also presented along with performances by Kelly-Doremus Stuart & The Spaulding Youth Center Student Dancers, a reading by poet laureate Marie Harris, a reading by NH Writers’ Project Lifetime Achievement recipient Donald Murray, music by the blues group Salt River Trio, and an excerpt from Clara’s Dream: A Jazz Nutcracker, choreographed by Drika Overton. A dessert reception (trés elegant) followed the on-stage event. It was a superb evening, set in the beautifully refurbished Capitol Center for the Arts and with a ceremonial flair not unlike the Oscars.

    The Governors’ Arts Awards, in collaboration with the State Arts Council, are presented to New Hampshire artists every two years and recognize exemplary efforts in arts education, arts patronage, arts support by a town or city, cultural access leadership, distinguished arts leadership, folk heritage, and lifetime achievement in the arts. When the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts first asked Dudley to be on their Artist Roster (years ago), who could have anticipated that he would be thus honored. The State Arts Council has repeatedly been enormously supportive of Dudley and other artists and has raised the stature of the arts in our state to a level not comparable in many states.  

   The Governors’ Arts Award was first presented in 1980 to honor internationally renowned photographer Lotte Jacobi. In 1989 the awards event grew to include a performing arts showcase. Past honorees include Bob McQuillen, Tomie dePaola, Donald Hall, Franco-American musicians Larry and Henry Riendeau, Arthur Hall, Karl Drerup, Dwight Graves, and others.  

   The seven recipients of the 2001 Governors’ Arts awards each received an original work of art commissioned by the State Arts Council and based upon the carved wooden eagle originally mounted on the State House dome. The eagle, created by Leonard Morse in 1818, was the first public art work commissioned in New Hampshire.  

    For more info about the Awards visit www.state.nh.us/nharts or call the State Arts Council at 603-271-2789.

   We had many wonderful friends join Dudley and I, and our families, in honoring this great man as he received this prestigious award.

   Pictures were taken by Judy Lundahl.

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