The Spring Creek Sun would like to offer congratulations to our esteemed graphics designer, Alex Smith Jr. for receiving a prestigious Bessie Award (which is the highest honor that you can achieve in the field of dance). Aside from his work at the Spring Creek Sun, Smith has worked tirelessly as the Executive Chairman of the Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center (THPAC). THPAC was founded and incorporated in 1976, as a dance presenting organization to support emerging choreographers and dance companies of color. Throughout Smith’s tenure he has worked to ensure the company’s artistic development, performance success, and cultivated the ever-changing dance scene at THPAC.
The NY Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies) honored Smith with the Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance Award, which was given to him for his “21-year commitment to the presentation and preservation of dance by choreographers of color through the Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center.” Smith’s efforts have helped offer emerging and established artists performance opportunities, and continue to provide artistic and cultural entertainment for underserved and underrepresented communities.
Smith’s Bessie Award was presented by Philadanco founder and recipient of the 2012 National Medal of Arts, by President Obama, Joan Myers Brown. The Bessie Awards were held on Tuesday, October 18th at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House.
Photos: Bessie Awards, THPAC