Rentiesville resident Selby Minner, co-founder of the Dusk ‘til Dawn Blues Festival and mentor to many musicians, received the Governor’s Arts Award for Community Service on Tuesday, Jan. 30.
This was the 45th annual presentation which took place at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
Other honorees included Ann Barker Ong of Muskogee and Holbrook Lawson of Tulsa.
Fourteen individuals and four organizations received awards during the ceremony.
“In Oklahoma, we value the people who work hard to keep the arts community thriving, and these awards are just one way to show that appreciation,” Stitt said.
Stitt and the Oklahoma Arts Council presented the awards.
Council Executive Director Amber Sharples said, “From passionate volunteers and teachers to visionary nonprofit administrators and state leaders, generous philanthropists, communitycentric businesses, and others, this year’s honorees reflect a deep level of commitment to the arts across our state.”
Awards were presented in several categories, including business, community service, education, media, and public service.
Selby said, “This is a great honor for me and our organization Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame and our Dusk till Dawn festival, plus for the State Arts Council who helps by covering half of our musicians’ payroll at each festival through a major grant award.”