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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 Country R.A.M.P.
  • Performing Arts: Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music
  • Arts Advocacy: Danielle Bendinelli
  • Emerging Artist: Cole Eisenhour
  • Literary Arts: Patrick Ramsay
  • 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