Bowen receives DHS Award for Excellence in Community Service

Jose Antonio Bowen, dean of SMU's Meadows School of the ArtsJosé Antonio Bowen, dean of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, was one of 10 recipients of the 2010 Awards for Excellence in Community Service presented Nov. 9 by the Dallas Historical Society (DHS).

Bowen, who has led the Meadows School since 2006, won the award in the category of arts leadership. The DHS said, “Bowen…has brought bold, dynamic leadership both to the school and to the arts in Dallas. He has connected Meadows with arts institutions and the area’s cultural community. He is looking ahead to history for SMU and for Dallas.”

The DHS, the oldest historical organization in Dallas County committed to preserving the area’s entire history, established the Awards for Excellence in Community Service in 1981. The awards recognize community leaders in a variety of fields who have made significant contributions to the quality of life in Dallas and the surrounding area. Outstanding individuals are selected for this honor from nominations solicited from the Dallas community.

“Each year we look forward to this fantastic opportunity to honor some of Dallas’ brightest civic, cultural and community leaders,” said Jack Bunning, DHS executive director. “We’re able to recognize the generosity of these individuals and organizations, while sharing with the community-at-large the continued successes that have been achieved to benefit Dallas and her citizens.”

Award recipients are chosen by a DHS selection committee, led this year by chair William T. Solomon. The luncheon honoring this year’s recipients was held at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Dallas. Honorary chair for the luncheon was Mary Anne Cree, longtime Dallas philanthropist, and event co-chairs were Michelle Neuhoff Thomas and Stewart Hyer Thomas.

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