It's always good for a community to recognize and encourage its artists, but it's especially important now as the visual and performing arts struggle to recover from the pandemic. The Mayor's Awards for the Arts was held this week for the first time since 2020, and those recognized ranged from a 15-year-old Rochester High School student to a retiree who has made volunteering her full-time occupation. Individual artists were honored, along with those who support them. While I lack artistic talents, I admire those with such gifts, and was glad to be part of cheering on the artists. – Michelle Ownbey, publisher


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Michelle Ownbey is the publisher of Illinois Times and Springfield Business Journal.

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