Bellingham, WA—Arts Northwest, a ten-state West Coast regional organization with a mission of “Connecting and Inspiring Through the Performing Arts,” has awarded its annual “Coyote Award” to Bellingham’s Brad Burdick for his service to the arts as executive director of Mount Baker Theatre. The award recognizes “extraordinary leadership, service, innovation and artistic excellence. It honors an Arts Northwest member who has imagination, daring and determination – the qualities that embody the spirit of the coyote and its ability to survive and prosper regardless of surrounding conditions.”
Burdick recently passed his nineteen year mark as the director of Mount Baker Theatre, and has overseen the renovation and preservation of the Theatre as a community asset as well as growing the facility into a vibrant regional performing arts venue with a $6 million economic impact and diverse programming delivery.
According to its vision statement, Arts Northwest strives to:
- Be a premier performing arts service organization in the Western United States.
- Empower the world of the performing arts by providing services and products that meet needs and exceed expectations.
- Create and maintain an effective, productive and accessible network of performing arts professionals; presenters, artists, agents, vendors and associates
- Engage in new technologies, be able to offer its advantages and tools to our members
- Provide excellent resources to our members
- Ensure organizational stability and strengthen our community of stakeholders
Presentation photos from the event or interviews with Mr. Burdick available upon request.
The Mount Baker Theatre, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting the performing arts, receives support from a Tourism Facilities Grant from the City of Bellingham.