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Eat More Art Vegas receives recognition from the U.S. Congress for public service

Updated: Aug 10, 2019

Eat More Art Vegas founder Sarah O'Connell receives Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Rep. Susie Lee's District (NV-3) Representitive, Ashanti McGee. Photo by: Jilliene Michelle Photography

The Arts have an important place in our society, and our theatres are essential gathering spaces in the public square. The vital service that artists provide in building a better community and country were acknowledged by public servants from the City of Las Vegas all the way to the U.S. House and Senate in Washington, DC at's 6th annual Las Vegas Valley Theatre Awards show on Monday, July 15th, 2019 at Starbright Theatre in Las Vegas, NV.

City of Las Vegas Arts Commissioner John Pacheco attended to present the "Best Supporting Actor" awards.

City of Las Vegas Arts Commissioner, John Pacheco with Cultural Curator, Brian Paco Alvarez.

Nevada's United States Senator, Jacky Rosen sent a letter to attendees, included in the program, commending the Las Vegas Valley Theatre Awards for six years of community engagement and pARTnership.

Senator Rosen also sent special honors from the United States Senate to Empower Award recipient Athena Garrison for her work in STEAM Education and Joe O'Neill for his many years of service to the arts in Nevada.

Athena Garrison holds her certificate from Sen. Rosen with Kathy Mancuso Ortiz from Parts for the Arts Charitable Association, a local org serving theatre in under-served schools..

United States Congresswoman Susie Lee (NV-3) was represented by Ashanti McGee at the awards to extend Special Congressional Recognition to Cockroach Theatre founder Levi Fackrell for decades of leadership and collaboration with emerging artists in the Las Vegas community.

Cockroach Theatre's Levi Fackrell with Gina Fortunato Fackrell.

Congresswoman Lee offered an additional surprise at the Valley Theatre Awards to Executive Director Sarah O'Connell, for facilitating Eat More Art Vegas and "Connecting Southern Nevada Arts with our Community."

Thank you to our Public Servants in office, and to the citizens on the ground who serve as artists! Together we recognize the critical role we all play as collaborative pARTners in the cultural constituency, both here in Nevada and across the country. What happens in Vegas Arts gets national attention!


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