Arts Council awards announced

By Nicole LaChance

John and Bev O’Malia receive Applause Award; Peckham Inc. wins Business Arts Award

Friday, Dec. 2 —  The Arts Council of Greater Lansing has announced the winners of its two major awards for commitment to local arts. The awards will be presented at the organization’s annual Holiday Glitter event on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
John and Bev O’Malia of Williamston will receive the Applause Award for their commitment to the arts through volunteering, donations and ambassadorship. Since moving to the area in 1975, the O’Malias have supported the Susan Lorenz Art Show, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and the Arts Council, among others. They have also served as co-chairs of the Williamston Theater’s Signature Society for four years.
Peckham, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities, will receive the Business Arts Award. The company provides professional art instruction to clients and other people with disabilities trough their “Art from the Heart” program. Employees are also encouraged to donate time and money to local art organizations.
Holiday Glitter, featuring entertainment and a buffet, takes place from 6-9 p.m. at Michigan State University’s Henry Center. Tickets start at $75 and are partially tax deductible. They can be purchased by calling (517) 372-4636 or by visiting the organizations website,