Arts & Cultural Trust to honor Brede at upcoming event

September 22, 2018

Bari Amadio has a lot of surprises planned for the annual Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust Fete on Oct. 23.

But the names of the Ardee Award winners is not one of them.

In order to accommodate entertainment and tributes designed to honor Rochester’s outgoing mayor, Ardell Brede, Amadio already has announced the winners of this year’s awards.

“We want to keep it in the same time frame, so we’re interspersing the awards with entertainment and special gifts for Ardell,” Amadio, CEO of the Trust, said.

Brede is leaving office after four terms and 16 years as mayor. During that time, he has been a visible booster of the arts. The Ardee Awards are named for him in honor of Brede’s support for the arts.

Exactly what is being planned to honor Brede at this year’s Fete is a secret for now. “I don’t want to say anything,” Amadio said.

Meanwhile, there are the award-winners to announce:

• Mayor’s Award for Public Art: City of Rochester

• Leadership in the Arts: Andrea Costopoulos

• Outstanding Artist: Brandon Sampson

• Outstanding Business for the Arts: Think Mutual Bank

• Excellence in Arts Education: Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota

• Outstanding Greater Rochester Arts: Chatfield Center for the Arts

The business award is a new category this year.

“We think it’s important for businesses to be recognized for what they do for the arts,” Amadio said.

In the previous five years of the Fete, semifinalists have been announced in advance, with the winners announced on the night of the Fete. The awards were inaugurated to recognize local artists and arts organizations. Each recipient gets a bronze sculpture by local sculptor Karl Unnasch.

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