McNeills earn arts award

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June and Perry McNeill will receive the Greater Denton Arts Council’s Community Arts Recognition Award for 2013.

Former mayor and wife to be honored for their support

The Greater Denton Arts Council has named June and Perry McNeill as the recipients of the 2013 Community Arts Recognition Award.

For more than 40 years, the award has been presented to individuals, educators and businesses that enhance the cultural life of the city through their dedication to the arts.

The husband and wife have donated time and leadership in supporting the arts in Denton.

June McNeill has been an arts council board member for six years, including two years as secretary and one as treasurer. She was a member of the inaugural Wild Beast Feast Com­mit­tee and has raised money for a number of council events.

She has served on The Arts Guild board many times, serving as vice president for membership and the guild yearbook for three years, recording secretary for two years and director for two years, and she worked to stage the guild auction for 10 years.

June McNeil, who also has volunteered for Denton Community Thea­tre, is an artist herself and has donated artwork and dessert packages for local nonprofit fundraisers.

Former Denton Mayor Perry McNeill was a board member for Denton Community Thea­tre, helping to organize events and raise money. He has worked on arts council fund­raisers including the Wild Beast Feast and It’s in the Bag.

While he was mayor, Perry McNeill saw the Center for the Visual Arts’ second 25-year lease signed and its operating support to the council completed. The first members of the city’s Public Arts Committee were appointed, and George Cadell’s bronze sculpture Above All Else, Integrity was installed at City Hall West. The mayor participated in the North Texas Business for Culture and the Arts meeting at the Nasher Center.

The couple will be honored at the Community Arts Recog­nition Awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. Tickets cost $30.

For reservations, visit www.dentonarts.com. For more information, call 940-382-2787.

— Staff report


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