Raleigh Arts Recognizes Two Theater Artists for Leadership and Belonging

Raleigh Arts announced its 2022 Raleigh Medal of Arts awardees selected by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission.

Two of this year’s individual recipients, June Guralnick and Patrick Torres, and one organization, Special Theatre Arts of Raleigh (S.T.A.R.), represent Raleigh’s vibrant theater community.

June Guralnick (Leadership in the Arts) is an award-winning playwright, innovative community artist, teacher, and forward-leading arts administrator who has spent decades developing far-ranging opportunities for artists as well as expanding access to the arts.

Patrick Torres (Belonging in the Arts) is the Artistic Director of Raleigh Little Theatre (RLT) and has been a professional director and educator for 17 years. Since coming to Raleigh in 2014, Patrick has made significant contributions to RLT and the entire Triangle theatre community. These contributions focused on creating more inclusive and welcoming spaces in theatre, as well as raising up stories about experiences and cultures that are underrepresented. Patrick has been steadfast in his drive to create educational opportunities that prioritize BIPOC and LGBTQIIA+ communities.

Special Theatre Arts of Raleigh (Youth Arts) is a non-profit that was formed in 2000 to raise awareness of the abilities of youth with disabilities and to ensure there are opportunities for all youth to participate in theatre arts. 

The Raleigh Medal of Arts is the City’s highest arts honor. A ceremony celebrating the awardees will be held on October 20 at Theatre in the Park.

For more information visit https://raleighnc.gov/arts/raleigh-arts-announces-recipients-2022-raleigh-medal-arts.

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