The Community Foundation is accepting nominations for the G. Scott Griffin Award.
The award, which features a cash prize, will be given to a local artist, who has overcome adversity to make a contribution to the community in the execution of his or her art. The deadline for entries is Monday, July 13, 2015, by 5 p.m. Application and guidelines can be found on The Community Foundation’s website, www.cfnla.org/scottgriffinaward.
The award is named in honor of G. Scott Griffin, who was a multi-disciplinary, multi-media artist with accomplishments in musical composition, multi-instrumental performance, photography, videography, digital enhancement of art and cinematography. Because of these achievements, few people recognized that Griffin had to overcome adversity in the performance of his art. From his childhood, Griffin coped with a visual handicap, congenital nystagmus, which would have been reason for most talented artists to cease performing. Rather than giving up his artistic dreams, Griffin invited his audiences to join him on a journey of discovery and beauty that was possible through the lens of his camera and his varied canvases. His legendary music enchanted listeners because he played from the heart and not by sight.
Griffin died of complications related to cancer on October 7, 2007 at the age of 45. The G. Scott Griffin Award was created to keep his memory alive and to honor those artists who approach their art and life with the same passion and persistence as Griffin.
The 2013 award winner was Bertha Cooper Harris. Harris is a self-taught Louisiana folk artist. Her art is characterized by a directness and vigor that is a result of her past. Harris has overcome both domestic violence and poverty. Other past recipients include: Angelique Feaster-Evans, Poetic X, Carlos Colón, Buddy Flett and Bobby Darrow.
About the Community Foundation of North Louisiana
Established in 1961, the Community Foundation of North Louisiana’s mission is to strengthen communities through philanthropy. By bringing together fund donors, their financial advisors and nonprofit agencies, the Foundation is a powerful catalyst for building charitable giving and effecting positive change in our area. Through the generosity and vision of our family of donors, both past and present, the Foundation has granted to vital nonprofit organizations since our inception. In our shared endeavor to build a more robust, vibrant community, we fund a variety of critical initiatives, including education, health, arts and culture, and poverty alleviation. Through integrity and sound financial practices, the Foundation has successfully stewarded the philanthropic interests of past donors and is poised to lead the next generation of givers to address the challenges facing our region.