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The 2005 Indies

Triangle Arts Awards: Keeping at it


Each year we honor a handful of people and projects that illustrate the creative spirit of the Triangle's arts communities. The recipients are diverse--in form, in style, in organizational ethos. If you don't already know them, you'll meet a collective of composers blurring the lines between classical and free-form rock; the founder of a youth dance company deeply based in African tradition; two poets building a new literary scene in Carrboro; a music critic running a nonprofit Web publication; a group of Raleigh designers who collaborate on everything from gallery shows to freelance design to public charettes on city planning; a preserver and raiser-up of women's voices; partners in a giant puppet factory; and a group of teens who stood up to bigotry with grace.

The Indies Arts Awards honor both aesthetic contribution and community collaboration. That balance is crucial, we believe, not only for the benefit of our communities but for the sustenance of the artists themselves. Some of the recipients are relatively new to the scene, while some are veterans. All have found a way to demystify the artistic process, reaching for new audiences while maintaining artistic integrity, keeping the work itself at the center of their efforts. To be creative is to constantly engage one's surroundings; these artists have done so in ways that serve their communities, and that engagement is what drives their art.

And maybe most inspiringly, they've just "kept at it," as one recipient said. These folks have day jobs like you and me--and they've persisted in their art and in organizing others, too. Luckily for the Triangle, we get to come along for the ride. --Maria Brubeck

This year's winners

  • pulsoptional
  • Paperhand Puppet Intervention
  • Designbox
  • Collage Dance Company
  • John Lambert
  • Mary Lycan
  • Patrick Herron & Ken Rumble
  • Valor Award: DSA’s The Laramie Project

    Previous winners

  • Alice Gerrard
  • Dexter Romweber and the Flat Duo Jets
  • Group Sax
  • Rodney Wynkoop
  • Clay Taliaferro
  • Ann Rowles
  • Raleigh Little Theater
  • Artspace
  • The Paper Plant
  • Chuck Davis and the African-American Dance Ensemble
  • Glaxo
  • Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
  • Reynolds Price
  • Ella Fountain Pratt
  • Julia Wray


  • The Void Brothers
  • Manbites Dog Theater
  • Tim Walker
  • Gerald Barrax
  • City Gallery of Contemporary Art


  • Clyde Jones
  • Nneena Freelon
  • Duke University Institute of the Arts
  • Tom Whiteside
  • Frank Heath


  • Beverly Botsford
  • Super Slackers
  • Roger Manley
  • Susan Toplikar and Mike Cindric
  • Archipelago Theater Inc.
  • Kuumba Arts Ensemble


  • Bryant Holsenbeck
  • Wifflefist
  • Laurie Wolf
  • Fortuna
  • NCSU Center Stage
  • 1995
  • Elaine Lorber
  • N.C. Jazz Repertory Orchestra
  • N.C. Writers' Network
  • Charlotte Brown
  • The Somnambulist Project
  • George Bireline


  • Lenard Moore
  • Donald Baker & Jerry Carter of WNCU-FM
  • Linda Ironside
  • Paul Ferguson
  • Michael McFee


  • Sam Piperato
  • Joseph Henderson
  • Betty Ray McCain and Elizabeth Buford
  • Janice Palmer
  • Jeff Leighton


  • Lois Dawson
  • Richard Krawiec
  • PineCone--Susan Newbury
  • LUMP Gallery--Med
  • Byrd and Bill Thelen
  • Modern Museum--Jim Kellough
  • Gene Medler


  • Ricardo Granillo
  • John Blackfeather Jeffries
  • Louise Omoto Kessel
  • Pepper Fluke
  • Antfarm
  • Community Stories Project
  • 2000
  • Ronnie Lilly
  • The Red Clay Ramblers
  • The Third Place Coffeehouse
  • Jelly Educational Theater
  • E.B. and Juanita Palmer
  • Burning Coal Theatre Company
  • Scott Ainslie


  • Brett Ingram
  • Hayti Heritage Center
  • Skip Elsenheimer--A/V Geeks
  • John Rosenthal
  • David zum Brunnen
  • Mr. Lady Records


  • erin o'Hara slavick
  • Michael Quattlebaum
  • DADA
  • Danny Cameron
  • Jim Haverkamp


  • Howard Craft
  • Andre Leon Gray
  • Arts Access
  • Cynthia Hill
  • Barbara Lau
  • Shepard Jazz Camp
  • Voices in the Wilderness (honorable mentions):
  • Melody and Jeffery Zentner
  • Richard Badu
  • Triangle Swing Dance Society
  • Peter Kramer
  • Ms. Films Festival


  • John Brown
  • Blue Coffee Company
  • Robin Harris
  • Arts NC
  • Dasan Ahanu
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