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The Austin Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2016
These inductees – Ballet Austin's Cookie Ruiz and Stephen Mills, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra's Peter Bay – are cultural heroes who lead by example
"...Solo Symphony speaks volumes about this quietly venturesome artist. Cookie Ruiz..."

May 6, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Adopting a Survivor's Tale
Stephen Mills' journey into the Holocaust leads a community toward tolerance
"...the Anti-Defamation League. Here, Mills and BA Managing Director Cookie Ruiz share part of the story of why Mills..."

April 1, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Culture Flash!
The Long Center's new leader arrives, Ballet Austin's old leaders stay, and the Paramount and State's literacy program scores
"...professional company has extended the contracts for Executive Director Cookie Ruiz and Artistic Director Stephen Mills through 2021. That's..."

July 22, 2011 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Dance/USA Convenes in Austin
The national arts organization brings honors for the Butlers and big questions about the form's future
"...for nearly two decades. Secondly, Ballet Austin Executive Director Cookie Ruiz, a longtime member of Dance/USA's board of trustees..."

June 10, 2016 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

'Ignite: Three Works'
Choreographer Jennifer Hart and dancer Edward Carr gather kindling, set a match
"...idea for the performance to Ballet Austin Executive Director Cookie Ruiz, Ruiz said, "Wait. There's something in the works."..."

June 13, 2014 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

CreateAustin
Two years after seeing it, City Council endorses the cultural master plan
"...CreateAustin crew. "We've waited two years for this," mused Cookie Ruiz, chair of the plan's planning process and its..."

July 2, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Plan, Be
The citizens who spent years dreaming up CreateAustin are now working to make it real
"...presenting the plan to City Council, when CreateAustin Chair Cookie Ruiz put out a call for help with implementing..."

Sept. 25, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Culture Flash!
Austin prints bought by a Missouri museum, Cookie Ruiz honored, and the city calls for artists' work
"...Ballet Austin's Cookie Ruiz is the recipient of this year's Beverly Sheffield..."

Dec. 21, 2007 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Culture Flash!
The skinny on selecting public art, Cookie leads Dance/ USA, Conspirare goes worldwide, and a UT playwright's scholarly honors
"...• Ballet Austin Executive Director Cookie Ruiz has been named chair of the board of..."

July 13, 2007 Arts Column

Beside the Point: Somewhere Over the Dais
Pay no attention to the man sleeping under the bridge
"...little like the wicked witch of the west," said Cookie Ruiz, executive director of Ballet Austin, given the dubious..."

Nov. 4, 2005 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Articulations
Ballet Austin buys itself a new home downtown, and Shakespeare at Winedale founder James Ayres receives UT's prestigious Civitatis Award.
"...actually helped the ballet. According to BA Executive Director Cookie Ruiz, Ballet Austin "secured this property because the down..."

Oct. 18, 2002 Arts Column by Robert Faires

CreateAustin Cultural Master Plan
City Council looks ready at last to approve the cultural plan
"...to the June 24 meeting, Ballet Austin Executive Director Cookie Ruiz, who has been driving the CreateAustin process since..."

June 18, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Wonder Stories: Artists in Space and Unstuck in Time
Austin artists and arts leaders reveal which work of science fiction affected them the most
"...Cookie Ruiz..."

July 25, 2008 Arts Feature

CreateAustin: The City Gets the Plan
After two years in the making, the community cultural plan has been presented to the Austin City Council
"...of Arts and Culture. Even when Leadership Council Chair Cookie Ruiz described all the activity since planning was completed..."

June 13, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Distance Danced
Between its old and new versions of 'Swingin' Then & Now,' Tapestry Dance Company has swung a long way, baby
"...It was Cookie Ruiz [managing director] with Ballet Austin who told me..."

April 21, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

What We Learned
What is the state of the arts in America and where does Austin fit in the mix?
"...to an incredibly diverse, robust, and high-quality art experience. Cookie RuizManaging director, Ballet Austin..."

June 24, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Change in the Weather
A different kind of summer for the city arts funding process
"...Sides, and administrators such as Ballet Austin Managing Director Cookie Ruiz and, from out of town, Jump-Start Performance Company..."

Sept. 3, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Arts Bullets
The ballet's box office heads downtown, and cabaret artists sing for life
"...its operations to the central business district. Executive Director Cookie Ruiz expects to bring dance to the new building..."

June 25, 2004 Arts Feature

Adler Promises ‘New Way Forward’
Kicks off mayoral campaign at City Hall
"...Preceding Adler was Cookie Ruiz, executive director of Ballet Austin, who as master..."

May 5, 2014 News Post by Michael King

City Arts Funding Tempest
Unexpected Cultural Contracts cuts cause concern
"...Guitar, Peter Helf of Austin Chamber Music Center, and Cookie Ruiz of Ballet Austin on behalf of the Austin..."

Sept. 17, 2018 Arts Post

BA2BA
Ballet Austin to Big Apple
"...see why BA Artistic Director Mills and Executive Director Cookie Ruiz consider their invitation to perform there such an..."

Aug. 12, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

City Arts Funding: The Resolution
Council approves 2019 funding, ponders next move
"...hard and working together: Gray; Ballet Austin Executive Director Cookie Ruiz, who spoke on behalf of the Austin Arts..."

Oct. 12, 2018 News Feature by Robert Faires

City Arts Funding: The Resolution
Council approves FY 19 arts funding, ponders its next move
"...hard and working together: Gray; Ballet Austin Executive Director Cookie Ruiz, who spoke on behalf of the Austin Arts..."

Oct. 8, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Mayor's Omnibus Resolution: The Arts Commission Hustle
City group gets moving on policy plan for Austin creatives
"...what we pay artists," said Ballet Austin Executive Director Cookie Ruiz. Without a living wage, the artists and musicians..."

Aug. 8, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

2016 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...New Austin Arts Hall of Fame inductee Cookie Ruiz at the 2016 Austin Critics Table Awards on..."

May 26, 2016 Photo Gallery

The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...more local creatives – Peter Bay, Stephen Mills, and Cookie Ruiz – into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame...."

May 27, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Year of the Booster
The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Hall of Fame – Ballet Austin's Stephen Mills and Cookie Ruiz and the Austin Symphony Orchestra's Peter Bay, giving..."

May 25, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Star Turns
The nominees for the 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...and Ballet Austin executive director and community arts advocate Cookie Ruiz. As always, the public is welcome, and admission..."

May 9, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

2016 Arts Hall of Famers Announced
Bay, Mills, and Ruiz to be inducted at Critics Table Awards
"...• Cookie Ruiz (Ballet Austin) – administrator, civic leader, arts advocate..."

April 19, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Mayoral Cabinetry
Who needs taxes?
"...District Court Judge in Travis Co.; former litigation attorney. Cookie Ruiz: Ballet Austin ED; ImagineAustin CAC; many nonprofit board..."

Feb. 13, 2015 News Feature by Nick Barbaro

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