Jennifer L. Knox, lecturer in English, has been named the 2018 Bill Pelz Arts Advocacy Award winner by the Ames Community Arts Council. The award honors a person who promotes and encourages participation in Ames arts events at all levels: as an audience member, as a performer, or as a behind-the-scenes volunteer. The award is named for Bill Pelz, one of Ames' most enthusiastic arts advocation. While he served as Mayor of Ames from 1974-1975, he created the Ames Community Arts Council and hosted the first fundraising event for ACTORS to obtain its building on Abraham Drive. The 2018 ceremony will be Sunday, April 22, 1:30 p.m. at Octagon Center for the Arts. It's free and open to the public.