Broadway Global shares breaking news as dedicated arts critic, educator and philanthropist Jack Zink legacy lives on through The Carbonell Awards renamed scholarship. Much like the Tony Awards, the Carbonell Awards are just as prestigious honoring outstanding talents, productions, theatres, educators but also embrace the art of writing. Today’s breaking announcement renaming a prestigious scholarship in honor of the iconic journalist Zack Zink, will bring new insight on the future importance of honest journalism or brilliant theatre talents.
Jack Zink was one of the most respected theatre critics in our nation. His gift of brilliant writing not only inspired his huge following, but educated readers that still today support local professional theatres! It was Jack’s personal commitment of developing, educating, supporting and honoring outstanding art that makes the renaming ironic and destined. Promoting the welfare of others, Jack’s generous donations to vivid causes and commitment to arts education makes renaming the scholarship destined.
Jack Zink was a 40 year coveted journalist for the arts in South Florida. Today August 25, 2015 the Carbonell Awards have just announced the renaming of the most coveted award in arts, honoring writers or theatre will be called, The Jack Zink Memorial Carbonell Awards Scholarship. The garnered scholarship that honors three scholarships yearly to high school students, those who have chosen a main pursuit educating themselves in journalism or theater.
On August 25, 2008, hundreds of friends, family members and those from the South Florida arts community gathered at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale to pay tribute to theater critic, arts writer and founder of the Carbonell Awards, Jack Zink, who had passed away the week prior. Seven years after that celebration of the life and work of Jack Zink, the Carbonell Awards Board of Directors has announced that the organization’s scholarship program has been renamed the The Jack Zink Memorial Carbonell Awards Scholarship. The Carbonell Awards gives three scholarships yearly to high school students who want to pursue careers in journalism or theater.
Jack Zink was a leading theater critic and arts writer in South Florida for more than 40 years, writing for the Miami Herald, the Palm Beach Post, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and Variety. He founded the Carbonell Awards in 1975 to honor the thriving theater and nightlife scene in South Florida and was active in the organization until his death, often producing and directing the annual Carbonell Awards ceremony.
“It is Jack Zink’s groundbreaking work in journalism supporting professional theatre that today allows Florida Theatre Chat to share arts news with over 16,000 arts lovers. Zink’s dedicated commitment to arts inspired creating over 30 City/State Theatre Chat groups now totaling 180,000 arts fans. In fact the basic idea of the Crabonell Awards‘ honoring arts with one of a kind art, designed by Manule Carbonell inspired Broadway Global to honor winners with art. Broadway Global honors global producers who are developing, educating, supporting and honoring outstanding art for the stage. I’s easy to say that Jack Zink inspired a global social arts movement.” Broadway Global
“As we approach the Carbonell Awards’ 40th anniversary, we are inspired by those who made the organization what it is today, one of the oldest and most prestigious regional theater awards programs in the country,” said Donald R. Walters, president of the Carbonell Awards Board of Directors. “Jack Zink was not only the organization’s founder but also the man who shepherded the awards through its evolution. We believe that renaming the scholarships for Jack is the best way to honor him and his dedication to theater and journalism…”
By email, Jack Zink’s widow, Cynthia Zink of St. Augustine, and his sister, Carol Bruening of Lorain, Ohio, said they were touched when told of the honor. “I would like to thank the Carbonell Awards for honoring Jack with the Jack Zink Memorial Carbonell Awards Scholarship,” said Cynthia Zink. He covered the Arts in South Florida for almost 40 years. He especially loved live theater. It was a love affair I witnessed firsthand. It made him laugh, gave him energy, made him reflect and at times almost made him cry. He always wanted more, to see what splendor was being produced and by whom. Thank you once again for honoring his life.” Bruening said, “Some people touch our lives, Jack touched our hearts too. I want to thank the Carbonell Board of Directors from the bottom of my heart. These tears of mine are both from the sadness in my heart from our loss of Jack seven years ago, to the happiness that his legacy and love of everything theatre will carry on. Thank you for not letting him be forgotten.” The 40th annual Carbonell Awards ceremony will be held Monday, April 4, 2016, at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. For more information about the Carbonell Awards, visit CarbonellAwards.org.