Charles Fazzino was recently honored with a Community Leadership Through Art Award. John Wright, Executive Director of The Thomas Paine Cottage Museum bestowed the award on the artist at the Beckwith Pointe Club in New Rochelle, NY. The dinner celebrated the achievements of four New Rochelle community leaders and five New Rochelle High School Art Students. The students were presented with the Rising Stars Award as a result of a series of political cartoons they created in response to a city-wide art contest. Local politicians were out in full force to celebrate the occasion including State Senator George Latimer and New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin.
Presented to the Artist at the Annual Awards Dinner for The Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association and The Thomas Paine Cottage Museum
In his acceptance speech, Fazzino stated “In the same way that Thomas Paine used the art of writing to capture a nation’s attention and to convey his thoughts, feelings, and ideas, I have always tried to use my artwork for a similar purpose. Through my artwork, I’m proud and humbled that I have been able to contribute a small piece to my community, and forward its great agenda….from working with New Rochelle’s 325th Anniversary Committee to supporting the efforts of New Rochelle Arts Council and Arts Fest, and hosting fundraisers for CHOICE of New Rochelle, I’ve tried to use my artwork as a vehicle to help others achieve their goals. So, it’s an honor for me to receive this Community Leadership Award and I hope to continue giving back to the community I have been a part of here in New Rochelle since the early 1980’s. Thank you.”