City proclaims Brenda Chapman weekend
May 4, 2013, Slideshow By Mike Fak, At the Lincoln Theater 4 on Friday afternoon, Brenda Chapman was on hand to sign autographs and tell the crowd about her Oscar winning animated film "Brave". What she didn't know was that Lincoln Mayor Keith Snyder would be there with a proclamation naming May 3, 4 as Brenda Chapman weekend. The following is the proclamation read by Mayor Snyder.
Alderwomen Marty Neitzel, Mayor Snyder and Brenda
City of Lincoln, Illinois
WHEREAS, Brenda Chapman spent her formative years in Lincoln and Logan County, graduating from Lincoln Community High School and Lincoln College, before pursuing her dreams and earning a bachelor’s degree in character animation from the California Institute of the Arts; and
WHEREAS, Brenda began her career with Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios playing key roles in such memorable films as The Little Mermaid, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Beauty and the Beast, helped launch DreamWorks Animation Studios in 1994, and joined Pixar Studios in 2003; and
WHEREAS, it was at Pixar when Brenda found the inspiration in the person of her daughter, Emma, for the development of a contemporary fairy tale that today’s working mothers and daughters could relate to, and that would come to be known as Brave; and
WHEREAS, Brenda was able to celebrate with Emma and a worldwide audience on Sunday, February 24, 2013, when she received an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Brave; and
WHEREAS, Brenda can lay claim to many firsts for women in animation – she was the first woman head of story for The Lion King; she was the first woman to land a directing role in an animated feature for a major studio when she was one in a team of three directors on The Prince of Egypt; she became Pixar's first female director when she was handed the helm of Brave; and she was the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature; and
WHEREAS, Brenda is passionate about the film and animation industries, about women in film and tech, about learning and mentoring young people, and about featuring and supporting people who do good work, good deeds, and have good ideas; and
WHEREAS, Lincoln is proud to have Brenda in town to pay tribute to the beautiful redevelopment of Lincoln Theater 4, to receive an honorary degree from Lincoln College, and to be the commencement speaker for the College’s 146th commencement exercises this weekend; and
WHEREAS, Brenda’s Twitter page contains perhaps the best reasons for bestowing this honor in that it describes her as a “lover of life, laughs, and an excellent juggler.”
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY PROCLAIMED by Keith Snyder, Mayor of the City of Lincoln, that Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, are hereby proclaimed as “Brenda Chapman Weekend” in Lincoln, Illinois as a tribute to Brenda and her success as an animator, director, and mom; and be it further
PROCLAIMED, that the People of Lincoln are encouraged to celebrate “Brenda Chapman Weekend” by enjoying one or more of her movies, engaging in personal expressions of creativity, imagination, and storytelling, and supporting and encouraging young people to do the same.
Keith Snyder, Mayor