Paul Brissette, the accomplished and longtime art teacher at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, will receive the prestigious Creative Living Award this year, the Permanent Endowment Fund for Martha’s Vineyard has announced.
A ceremony will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. The public is invited to attend.
This marks the 30th year of the Creative Living Award, established to recognize members of the Vineyard community who embody the spirit of Ruth Bogan, who, in the words of her friend Ruth Redding, was a “gallant woman who loved beauty, who loved the Vineyard and who believed anyone can do anything.”
He has been a Fulbright scholar more than once and also was the recipient of the NEA Christa McAuliffe award.
Mr. Brissette recently announced that he will retire from his teaching post at the end of this year.
“Receiving this award is a nice period at the end of the sentence,” he said in a statement released by the endowment fund.