By KAITLYN NAPLES
Every year, The New England Carousel Museum recognizes individuals and organizations for their contributions to the arts, culture and entertainment, ACE, community in Bristol with the annual ACE Awards. Nominations are due next week, and executive director of the museum Louise Demars said the awards do not have to go to just performers, artists or musicians, but also anyone who supports and contributes to the ACE community.
The ACE Awards was created several years ago by the museum, because Bristol was lacking a way to honor and recognize those who are dedicated to the ACE community. Demars said the city has the Humanitarian Award, and sports awards, but needed an award that was geared towards the artistic community and those who support it.
“We have huge talent and interest in the arts community in Bristol, and there is a large population that supports the art and culture in our own community,” Demars said.
Last year, the recipients of the ACE Awards were The Older Members Association, or OMs, and Dr. Gerald Jensen. The OMs, is an alumni and volunteer organization of the Bristol Boys & Girls Club that presents an annual variety show featuring local Bristol talent from adults to teens to children. Dr. Jenson has a pediatric practice in Bristol and is heavily involved on local committees and with Bristol Hospital.
The ACE award will be presented at a dinner dance Saturday, May 4, at the New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Ave., Bristol.
For nominations, send the name, address, phone number, and email of the person/ organization as well as the contributions to the community to the museum, 95 Riverside Ave., Bristol, CT 06010. Please include your own name, address, phone number, and email.
For more information, call (860) 585-5411, firstname.lastname@example.org, The CarouselMuseum.org.
The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 1.
Comments? Email knaples@BristolObserver.com.
By KAITLYN NAPLES