Kirkland’s Mayor and Cultural Council Announce Art Award Winners at March 5 Ceremony

Public invited to event at Creatio Studio, NW University


Kirkland Mayor Joan McBride and the Kirkland Cultural Council will present the CACHET Award to a business or individual on Monday, March 5, 2012. The public is invited to the award ceremony to applaud the efforts of those engaged in the arts, culture, and/or heritage of Kirkland, enjoy music performed by the Ethan Bowe Band, and tour the University’s Creatio Music Studios.  The ceremony will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Creatio Studios, Northwest University (NWU), Barton Building, 11220 NE 53rd Street, Kirkland.


The CACHET award speaks to collaboration among art lovers and also the appeal of arts to all generations.  It was created by four sixth grades at Peter Kirk Elementary School.  Each student was asked to draw his/her own home and/or a notable Kirkland landmark, including many of Kirkland’s arts, culture, and heritage destinations. These have been combined into an extraordinary image of Kirkland through the eyes of local children that CACHET award recipients can display with pride.


Nominations were pre-screened by the Kirkland Collaboration of Arts, Culture, Heritage, Education, and Theatre (CACHET) committee which is made up of members of the Kirkland Cultural Council. Final award recipients were selected by the Kirkland Cultural Council and Mayor Joan McBride.


This year’s ceremony host is last year’s individual award recipient.  Jeff Lockhart, Executive Director of NWU’s Creatio received the individual award in 2010 for creating the University’s new musical arts program and “U Rock,” an innovative after-school program open to all Kirkland-area students ages 11 to 18.  Lockhart designed and built a new world-class recording facility at NWU which is available for use by the general public.


Last year’s organization award went to Parkplace Books. For nearly 25 years, the book store has been Kirkland’s community bookstore, and one of only two independent bookstores remaining on the Eastside. The store also showcases and sells the work of local artists, featuring everything from paintings to jewelry to handmade greeting cards.