MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

October 27, 2013

Muskogee native to be honored


— OKLAHOMA CITY — A Muskogee native was one of 17 individuals and two organizations that will be honored for their contributions to Oklahoma's arts and cultural industry during the 38th annual Governor's Arts Awards.

Mary Blankenship Pointer, who now resides in Oklahoma City, will be recognized with the Community Service Award, which recognizes individuals for significant contributions to the arts in specific Oklahoma communities in the areas of leadership and volunteerism, according to a media release.

Gov. Mary Fallin will present the awards during a special ceremony at the Oklahoma state Capitol at 4 p.m. Nov. 13 in the fourth floor rotunda.

A reception on the Capitol's first floor will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Executive Director Amber Sharples said the Oklahoma Arts Council is pleased to honor a diverse group of individuals and organizations representing communities throughout the state.

“From longtime volunteers who wear multiple hats in order to make the arts possible in their communities to a foundation that has helped transform an entire urban center, this year's honorees exemplify the many facets of a strong Oklahoma arts industry,” Staples said in the release.

Governor's Arts Awards recipients are selected from submitted nominations by members of the Governor's Arts Awards Selection Committee.

Information: (405) 521-2037.