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Arts council unveils award

The Harrison County Arts! will present the Crosier Cultural Award to former Harrison County historian Frederick P. Griffin during a dinner program on April 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Corydon Presbyterian Church.
Tickets to the event are $15, and are available by sending a check to Harrison County Arts!, P.O. Box 196, Lanesville, IN 47136.
Reservations should be made by April 12.
David Kocka, a member of the arts council, said the group has been looking for opportunities to celebrate the culture of the county and region.
The award is named for the late Sidney Crosier, who, as a child, drew scenes and painted landscapes of the rural countryside near his Laconia home. He later earned enough money while working as a house painter to attend the Art Institute of Cincinnati in the 1890s.
A portrait of Crosier’s mother still is displayed at the Harrison County Public Library in Corydon.
Kocka said Griffin was selected to receive this award, ‘because of all he has done in keeping culture alive in the county.’ Griffin will receive a bronze bust relief of Crosier at next month’s program. The award will later be placed in the Frederick P. Griffin Center for Local History and Genealogy in Corydon.
The group hopes to make this an annual award, with medallions being awarded in future years.
Hospice of Southern Indiana is assisting Harrison County Arts! with the award program.