The Legacy Gala will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 6 p.m.
The City of Novi will host the event at the Novi Civic Center
The Legacy Gala is the signature fundraising event for Michigan Legacy Art Park. The Legacy Award is bestowed annually by Michigan Legacy Art Park during this special event to recognize those who have made a positive impact on Michigan’s arts, history or culture. The 2013 recipients of the Legacy Award will be David Barr and Beth Dwaihy-Barr.
Exemplifying the criteria for the award, David Barr has been a sculptor for 50 years and is the founder of Michigan Legacy Art Park. David’s studio was in Detroit for fifteen years until he realized he needed nature as a source of inspiration. In 1977 he bought 4 acres of land in rural Wayne County (now Novi) and in 1979 built his home, a contemporary structure that has become the centerpiece of his own art park. David’s career as an artist, instructor, author and global thinker has crossed borders around the world, bringing people and ideas together. The love of his life, Beth, has been David's companion and muse throughout his career. As a professional dancer, choreographer and instructor, Beth has touched the lives of many through her art.
The culminating act of appreciation for David’s artistic contributions and the inspiring home environment David and Beth have created, happened on August 20, 2012. The Novi City Council, looking forward to the cultural and diverse future of Novi, voted unanimously to purchase David and Beth’s property and home with the intent of it becoming the city’s cultural center in several years. In the meantime, David and Beth will continue to live in and enjoy their home.
The 2013 Legacy Gala is a celebration of the life work of David and Beth and the signature fundraising event for Michigan Legacy Art Park. Funds raised at the event will help the Art Park continue to provide a rich cultural experience and valuable learning opportunities for thousands of northwest Michigan residents and visitors. Well over 10,000 people visit the Art Park each year. Area teachers use the Art Park as an outdoor learning space where their students run ahead to discover art in nature and make connections to what they learn in the classroom.
Individual tickets to the Legacy Gala are $75. Sponsorships are available. Reservations and sponsorships can be made online or by contacting Renee Hintz at (231) 378-4963.
The 2013 Legacy Gala is sponsored in part by:
Roger and Joanna Garrett Fund
David Mix and Mary Ann Cheney
Tom and Judy Lewis
2013 Legacy Gala
Michigan Legacy Art Park Board of Directors
Art Park Founders