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Bud and Suzanne Selig will be honored by the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts this spring.

If you’ve ever attended the Milwaukee Film Festival, you’ve likely cast a ballot for the Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Award (this year’s honor went to Blood is at the Doorstep, directed by Eric Ljung).

And now, Bud and Suzanne Selig will receive their own award, the 14th annual EDDY Award.  The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts presents awards every year to celebrate individuals and groups that share in their mission of promoting arts education in the Milwaukee area. The Wilson Center will present the prize at The Big Event, Saturday, June 2, 2018.

The Big Event, a fundraiser for the center’s arts education program, also includes parties, a raffle and concert. Last year, they raised $267,000. In addition to the Seligs, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Arts in Community Education program will also be awarded the 4th annual Educational Excellence Award.

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Eric and Cathy Boelter at the 2016 event; photo courtesy of the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

The EDDY award acknowledges commitment to working within the community to raise the standards of arts and education. Bud and Suzanne have donated to programs such as Milwaukee Film Festival, Milwaukee Ballet and the Children’s Outing Association (COA) Youth & Family Center, to name a few.

The Educational Excellence award recognizes a nonprofit organization that successfully collaborates with the arts. MSO’s ACE Program works to merge music and art with typical education programs. Teachers work to add art into their day-to-day curriculum, but students are also exposed to art through MSO concerts and classroom visits from local actors, dancers and artists – who reach students in 22 area schools.

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