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Six St. Louis women named as visionaries in the arts

Nov 13, 2015

A popular vocalist, a well-known activist and an up-and-coming filmmaker and playwright are among six women honored with a 2016 St. Louis Visionary Award.

The awards, which began in 2003, returned last year after a one-year hiatus and reorganization.

Like last year, the new winners fit into a half-dozen categories:

  • Phoebe Dent Weil, philanthropist and art historian, Major Contributor to the Arts
  • Priscilla Block, St. Louis ArtWorks executive director, Outstanding Arts Professional
  • Denise Thimes, vocalist, Outstanding Working Artist
  • Stacy West, MADCO dance company executive and artistic director, Outstanding Teaching Artist
  • Sabina England, filmmaker, playwright, poet and performance artist,  Emerging Artist
  • De Andrea Nichols, local arts activist, Community Impact Artist

Last year there were seven honorees because two different women were named as community impact artists.

The 2016 awards ceremony will be held Monday, April 25, at the Sun Theater, 3625 Grandel Square.

Here's a video by Sabina England called "Deaf  Brown Girl." (Warning: some language may be offensive.)

Denise Thimes sings "What You Won't Do for Love" at an awards banquet this past August.

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