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March 21, 2011

Amy Stoller StearnsAmy Stoller Stearns, class of 1989, recently received the Sally Award for Arts Access from the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in St. Paul, MN.

Sally Awards: And the winners are...

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Each year the Ordway Center for Performing Arts presents the Sally Awards to recognize individuals and institutions that have made outstanding contributions to the the state's culture and quality of life. This year the Ordway presented a newly expanded list of Sally Awards. In addition to the traditional categories of "Vision," "Education," "Initiative" and "Commitment," this year the Ordway added a fifth category: "Access."

Arts Access: Amy Stoller Stearns and the Historic Holmes Theatre/DLCCC

The first recipient of Ordway's "Access" award, Amy Stoller Stearns moved from Minneapolis to Detroit Lakes, Minn. in 2002. She got a job working as the box office manager of the newly opened Detroit Lakes Community Cultural Center, housed in the Historic Holmes Theatre. Today she's the executive director, and the DLCCC offers everything from local and regional acts to national and international performers. In order to make its programming as accessible as possible, the center offers artist visits to schools, discounted or free tickets to school groups, and a diverse array of performances.

As the Ordway announcement states, "when it opened nine years ago, no one quite knew what the Holmes Theatre would become, but today it's hard for most to imagine life in Detroit Lakes without it."