Emily Hill Award for Arts Advocacy
The Emily Hill Award for Arts Advocacy is named after Emily Hill, a tireless teacher, performer and advocate for the arts. Hill was a generous supporter of Racine Arts Council and served on numerous local, regional and national boards for the arts, including the Racine Symphony Orchestra, the Florentine Opera (Milwaukee), the Wisconsin Theatre Association, the Metropolitan Opera National Council, and others. Hill taught classes in Creative Dramatics and performed in and directed plays.
The award is given to those who mirror her selfless public service and devotion to the arts in all its forms
The Racine Arts Council has awarded Lee Roberts the 2018 Emily Hill Award for Arts Advocacy.
Michael Isaacson, president of Racine Arts Council Board of Directors, presented the award to Roberts at the ArtRoot Mixer on May 17 at The Branch, 1501 Washington Ave. The purpose of the ArtsMixers is to offer networking opportunities and encourage collaborations among area creatives.
Roberts is a New Jersey native who has lived and worked in Racine for more than 30 years. Most recently, Lee worked as a feature writer for The Journal Times, covering the local and regional arts scene, as well as other beats. Before that, she worked as a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal, and as a freelance writer while raising her children.
Roberts’ lifelong passion for the arts was inspired by her family, and led her to earn a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Through the years, she has been involved with a variety of arts-related projects and organizations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin, and she is excited for the opportunity to continue to support Wisconsin’s vibrant arts community as a member of the Racine Arts Council’s board.