RHINO Poetry and Penny Rotheiser are the recipients of this year’s Mayor’s Award for the Arts, awards,presented annually to an Evanston arts organization and an individual for contributions to the community through excellence in the arts.

The Autobarn Ltd. of Evanston has been named the recipient of the 2012 Arts & Business Committee Leadership Award, given annually to an Evanston business that has been exceptionally supportive of the arts in Evanston.

RHINO Poetry (rhinopoetry.org) is an Evanston-based internationally known, award-winning poetry journal and literary website that keeps poetry alive and well in Evanston. An all-volunteer organization, RHINO hosts free monthly workshops at the Evanston Public Library, a poetry reading series at the Brothers K Coffee House and a host of other events.

Ms. Rotheiser will be recognized for her tireless commitment to and work for the Evanston arts community.

An Evanston resident and arts advocate since 1998, she spent her professional life in broadcasting and journalism, working for ABC-TV in Chicago and handling publicity for Mr. Kelly’s and London House nightclubs. She helped create Backstage Evanston, Art Under Glass, the evanstonartsbuzz.

com website, the Arts Leadership Award and the Cultural Arts in Evanston brochure.

The Arts & Business Committee selected The Autobarn Ltd. of Evanston for the award because of its remarkable dedication to the Young Evanston Artists (YEA!) annual event. In addition to its sizable financial support of YEA! as its title sponsor, The Autobarn Ltd. has offered support in many unique ways, including providing a car for children to paint and creating an auto-related art project

that resulted in a gallery reception of the children’s art.

The Mayor’s State of the City Address and Awards for the Arts luncheon, is slated for 11:30 a.m. on March 8 at the Hilton Orrington, 1710 Orrington Ave. Ticket information is available at 847-328-1500, ext. 22.