Duncan… The Magazine Winter 2018 - Page 7

hall of fame, the M and M committee thought because it was mostly going to be a fundraiser for the theater it should include all of the arts. “Duncan has an amazing history with the arts that continues today,” Burger said. “Chisholm Trail Arts Council, Duncan Little Theater, various dance studios, the Middle School Music program, and many others are among local arts groups that routinely use the Simmons Center Theater and we wanted to include them as part of the event – not to be a burden on them but to recognize their contribution to the arts and their use of the Simmons Center.” B urger said the Hall of Fame event idea would be mutually beneficial for those who want to use the Simmons Center Theater and The Simmons Center itself. “Each of these organizations benefit from a first class theater and all have recognized that the theater lighting and sound must be updated,” she said. “Even though each of those organizations pays to use the theater, the price charged for the theater has never been enough to set aside money for major upgrades. There has always had to be a balance that would allow the SC to break even and for the theater clients to be able to afford to use it. While the relationship can be “Duncan has an amazing history with the arts that continues today.” — Martha Burger rocky, it has to be continually worked on for the benefit of all parties. Clients want and need the upgrades and their support of the SC efforts to make the upgrades would be an illustration of the importance of the relationship.” So it makes it a fun event, the AHoF committee decided to do something a little different, they will be hosting a “Grammy” style evening in January 2019, there will be performances with people being inducted into the inaugural class of the hall of fame. Inductees were nominated by the local arts councils, groups and performers and then narrowed down by the AHoF committee. “The main participation by the arts organizations would be to give out 2 or 3 annual awards to people from their organizations and perhaps to suggest people they thought might be deserving Hall of Fame recognition,” Burger said. “Any participation beyond that would be up to the organization. A representative of the organizations has been invited to attend the meetings but no financial expectation has been asked or expected.” T he All-Star Headliners for the Duncan Area Arts Hall of Fame recognition show will be David Hooten (trumpet), Laura Leighe (Gossett) Stockton (vocal), David Briscoe (piano and vocal), Danielle (Flesher) Webb (vocal), and Chris Cowan (vocal).  “The event is not only a fund raiser for the theater which benefits all users of the theater, but it is an opportunity to bring all our arts organizations together in a celebration of the arts in this area and their contribution to our quality of life,” Burger said. Due to early deadlines of Duncan Magazine the honorees will be announced in The Duncan Banner when they are released. Burger said they are always looking for volunteers and you can contact Burger at mburger@cableone.net or Stephanie Gregston at jillianjgregston@icloud.com. DM DUNCAN MAGAZINE | WINTER 2018 7