When the Hedgelawn Foundation and the Kent County Arts Council was tasked to identify the 2015 KENNY winner for an exceptional individual who has given “excellence and service in the arts in Kent County,” they didn’t need to look far to see that Lani Hall Seikaly would be the perfect 10th recipient of one of the County’s most prestigious awards.
Since returning to Chestertown in 2010 after a long career and educator and consultant in Montgomery County, Lani Seikaly has been a remarkable powerhouse in Kent County’s efforts to become one of a handful of unique rural regions for the arts in Maryland. In only five years, she has become a leader with RiverArts, the Greater Chestertown Initiative, and the primary force behind the town’s recent designation by the National Endowment for the Arts as a “Arts and Entertainment District.”
Last night, the arts community came out to express a warm note of thanks for all her hard work by doing what they do best – practicing their art. In short order, some of the best singers, actors, poets and visual artists took to the stage in Sumner Hall to show their appreciation for all Lani has done for the arts in their community.
The Spy was there to capture a beautiful moment for the arts in Chestertown.
This video is approximately five minutes in length