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Doubleday and Washington awarded Medal of Arts

Sept. 15, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Carl Doubleday, associate director of the School of Music, and Von Washington, director of multicultural theatre, were among three area residents honored with the 2004 Community Medal of Arts at a Sept. 9 ceremony in the Dalton Center.

The annual Community Arts Awards were first presented in 1985 and are sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo to honor those who have made significant contributions to the artistic life of the community.

Doubleday, who joined the music faculty in 1966, was cited for his tireless efforts coordinating hundreds of arts events on campus for WMU and other organizations, including the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Fontana Chamber Arts and Michigan Youth Arts Festival. He directs Seminar, WMU's summer music camp, which annually attracts top high school musicians to campus. Doubleday is also organist and music director for Kalamazoo's Milwood United Methodist Church.

Theatre Professor Washington joined the faculty in 1989. In addition to his work as a teacher and director of multicultural theatre, he was cited for his excellence as an actor, director and playwright in productions ranging from the local stage to national television. He is also artistic director of Washington Productions Inc., a professional theatre and video production company.

Also receiving the Community Medal of Arts this year was Art Nemitz, a longtime local actor and director and retired public school teacher.

Three other awards were presented at the Sept. 9 ceremony. Accepting the 2004 Business Arts Award for the Millennium Restaurant Group was majority owner Kenneth Miller, a WMU alumnus and trustee. Edwin and Mary Meader of Kalamazoo were presented with the Theodore C. Cooper Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service. The Young Artist Award was given to area native Will Cooper, a pianist and composer.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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