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Mayor’s Awards in the Arts honoring 2023 recipients 

Ogden, UT—On Thursday, November 2, Ogden City Arts recognized six honorees at the 2023 Mayor’s Awards in the Arts celebration held at historic Union Station. 

The Ogden City Mayor’s Awards in the Arts program was created to recognize the creative contributions of individual artists and arts organizations making a difference throughout Ogden City.  Each year, the public is invited to nominate a deserving artist, art advocate, or organization for an award in an array of categories.  Nominations are accepted year-round.

This year’s ceremony included recognizing excellence in the literary arts, performing arts, arts advocacy, an emerging artist, and a lifetime contribution award.  The celebration also included a surprise special recognition from Ogden City Arts presented to Mayor Mike Caldwell for his steadfast arts support throughout his tenure.  

Ogden City Arts and the Ogden City Arts Advisory Committee, are pleased to announce the following Honorees for the 2023 Mayor’s Awards in the Arts:

2023 Mayor’s Awards in the Arts Honorees:

Lifetime Contribution                                                 Weber County R.A.M.P.

Performing Arts                                                          Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music               

Arts Advocacy                                            Danielle Bendinelli

Emerging Artist                                                           Cole Eisenhour 

Literary Arts                                                                 Patrick Ramsey

Special Recognition for Supporting the Arts         Mayor Mike Caldwell

“Ogden’s vibrant arts scene elevates our community’s assets as a beautiful place to live and a sought-after destination,” said Ogden Mayor, Mike Caldwell. “The economic development, change, and entrepreneurial spirit spurred by our city’s creatives defines Ogden’s character.  The artists we recognized in this year’s celebration are creative tour de force.  Their visionary thinking, ingenuity, and impact throughout our community is inspiring.  I am humbled to have been recognized in their company.”

2023 Honorees along with Lorie Buckley, Ogden City Arts Administrator, and Mayor Mike Caldwell

L to R: Danielle Bendinelli, Ogden Friends Of Acoustic Music (Reba Nissen and Michelle Tanner), Cole Eisenhour, Patrick Ramsay, Weber County R.A.M.P (Shelly Halacy), Lorie Buckley, and Mayor Mike Caldwell

More information about the 2023 Honorees, as well as video interviews, can be found at

Social Media: IG – Ogden_Arts   FB – OgdenCityArts 

Ogden City Arts supports the belief that the arts are an integral part of a healthy culture, providing both intellectual nourishment and social benefit.  Community arts programs supported by this department provide significant value throughout Ogden city, to its residents, and artists locally and beyond. 

Ogden City Arts’ mission is to enrich the lives of Ogden residents and visitors by ensuring access to visual, performing, and literary arts and arts education. In supporting arts organizations and independent artists Ogden City Arts works to connect the arts to daily life, education, and economic development.

Contact: Regina Esparza

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Ogden City Arts, Culture & Events


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