Given at the discretion of The ARTS Council’s Board of Directors, the award was established in 2001 in memory of long-time friend and regional arts supporter, S. Roberts Rose of Elmira. Bob Rose was involved in countless arts and community organizations, working across county lines to grow and sustain the arts; this award honors these achievements by recognizing individuals and groups that follow his example.
2016 S. Roberts Rose Achievement Award Recipient
The ARTS Council is honored to present present Lee Baldwin with the 2016 Rose Award.
Lee supported the arts acting as advocates where possible, a mentor, and as an artist herself. She has been at the hub of community, arts, and cultural involvement for decades.
She has been instrumental in promoting music in the region, first as an advocate and supporter of the Corning Philharmonic Society and then of its successor organization, the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes (OSFL). She served as a board member and ultimately president of the OSFL board.
Lee is a member of and contributor to 171 Cedar Arts Center. In 2012, the Center formally dedicated the Lee Baldwin Community Garden in acknowledgement of all she has done for the cultural community.
As a businesswoman who owned a craft shop, The Fat Duck, in Corning, Lee instructed customers in fiber arts and provided them with her expertise and supplies. She contributed her embroidery work to the Chemung Valley History Museum.
For over 50 years, Lee has enriched our communities with her diligence and dedication to the arts, whether music, visual arts, or gardening. We can think of no one in the community more deserving than Lee to receive the 2016 S. Roberts Rose Award.
James Flaw and Marcia Weber
The Corning Incorporated Foundation