Deborah Mikula, executive director of the Arts Council, said City Pulse was recognized for its “expansive” coverage of Lansing arts and culture. She said City Pulse was nominated by Courtney Millbrook, executive director of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, who wrote that City Pulse’s reporting of local arts is “unparalleled.”
City Pulse has written about Lansingarea music, theater, film, dance and art since the paper’s inception in 2001. Founded by editor and publisher Berl Schwartz, it is read by an estimated 50,000 people in mid-Michigan every week.
"Arts coverage has from the beginning been one of City Pulse´s primary missions,” Schwartz said. “On behalf of the many City Pulsars over the years who have dedicated themselves to that goal, I am deeply gratified by this honor."
The Applause Award winners were Jerry & Joan Mattson, for their role as members of MSU’s Friends of Theater and for Jerry Mattson’s work with Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. Mikula said they also often open home to guest artists visiting the area.
The theme of this year’s event was “Holiday Glitter & Jazz: Live at the Copa Room.”
It featured performances by jazz musicians Mardra and Reggie Thomas, who appeared on the cover of City Pulse this summer for their Old Town JazzFest performance, as well as the Rat Pack crooning of Gino Federici, who’s also been featured in the paper.