Pasadena Arts Council Announces 2017 Gold Crown and AxS Award Recipients

Published : Wednesday, August 2, 2017 | 5:40 AM

Left: Carolyn and Craig Watson; Top Right: Stephen McCurry; Bottom Right: David Wilson, photo by Lena Herzog

Carolyn and Craig Watson, Stephen McCurry, and David Wilson and the Museum of Jurassic Technology are to be the recipients of Pasadena Arts Council’s 2017 Gold Crown and AxS awards.

The four will be honored for their valuable contributions to the region’s artistic landscape at ArtCenter’s South Campus Rooftop Garden on October 10,.

In an email, the Arts Council said South Pasadena residents Carolyn and Craig Watson were chosen to each receive the Gold Crown Award for their outstanding philanthropy and community service.

Carolyn is an internationally recognized designer and restoration specialist. She has developed projects locally and internationally including Art Center’s Europe campus and the original Pasadena campus. In 2015, Professional Child Development Associates of Pasadena, awarded Carolyn their Humanitarian of the Year honors and founded the Carolyn Watson Arts Scholarship program. She also serves on the Board of the Pasadena Symphony and Pops, is a member of the Fellows of the Huntington Library, and the Art Center 100.

Meanwhile, Craig served as the Director of the California Arts Council from August 2011 through March 2017. Under his leadership, the budget of the CAC increased from $5 million to nearly $25 million and the Council took on many new initiatives to serve veterans, at-risk youth, after-school arts, and creative placemaking.

Currently, Carolyn and Craig are working to revive the Eastern Sierra Symphony in Mammoth Lakes, California by bringing top students from the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and the Colburn School each summer to play alongside seasoned symphony musicians from several top orchestras.
Stephen McCurry, previous president of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music will also be honored with the Gold Crown for his leadership and artistic vision for the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.

McCurry has served as the Executive Director of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music since 1992. Under his leadership, the Conservatory has grown from a small, local education program into an independent nationally-accredited music school enrolling approximately 1250 student annually and providing outreach programs to an additional 3000 students. Today, PCM offers a comprehensive, classically-oriented curriculum for students of all ages and presents over 100 recitals, concerts and master classes yearly.

Meanwhile receiving this year’s AxS award are David Wilson and the Museum of Jurassic Technology.

The AxS Award celebrates the textured conversations between the sciences and the arts that is both emblematic of Pasadena’s history, and equally fused with its future.

Wilson founded The Museum of Jurassic Technology in 1984, which chronicles an uncommon history of expression and innovation in the arts, humanities and sciences.

In 2001 Wilson was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for his work with the Museum. Much of their programming highlights the intersection of arts, science and individuals, a concept integral to Pasadena’s own DNA.

Since 1965, the Pasadena Arts Council has been honoring individuals and organizations for their exceptional contributions to the region’s cultural landscape in an annual awards ceremony.