The City of Omaha will honor Littleton Alston, a sculptor and associate professor of fine arts at Creighton University, with a 2013 Community Excellence Award for his sculpture, "The Jazz Trio." The bronze sculpture is located in Dreamland Plaza, an area of North 24th Street named for the Dreamland Ballroom that housed jazz greats during north Omaha's jazz heyday.
"'Jazz Trio' is an inspiration and a positive contribution to the North Omaha Community and the arts in general in our city," said R.E. Cunningham, planning director for the City of Omaha in an announcement about the award.
Alston's sculpture is one of four projects the City of Omaha will honor this year with its Community Excellence Award. Other recipients include RDG Planning and Design for its South 24th Business District Streetscape, Urban Village Development for its landscaping and revitalization of the Park Ave/Leavenworth Street Corridor and individuals and organizations responsible for the Avanza Mural also located on the Park Ave/Leavenworth Street Corridor.
Governor Dave Heineman will officially present the awards during a National Community Development Week event at the State Capitol on April 2. The City of Omaha will also honor the recipients a local celebration March 27.