The Tucson Pima Arts Council has an annual event that recognizes individuals or groups that contribute to the arts scene in southern Arizona.

The winners are seen as "luminaries" in the community and receive a "Lumie" award.

This year's honoree in the category of "Arts Education Program" is the University of Arizona's Poetry Center. The organization has been around since 1960 but it moved into a much bigger and very recognizable building a few years ago.

"It's one of three landmark buildings for poetry in the entire country, the others are in New York and Chicago," says Gail Browne, the Poetry Center's executive director.

"So in this space in addition to having a place for our world-renowned collection of poetry, our library collection, we're able to do so much more with our education programs, our meeting series and so we're really really fortunate to have that opportunity in this space."

Renee Angle used to be a public school teacher prior to starting her present job at the center. Now she gets to combine her love of education and poetry in her position as the K-12 Education program coordinator.

"In education terms we talk a lot about how poetry can teach critical thinking skills that are very important. They allow us to see the world in a different way and can kind of capitalize on our imaginations," Angle says.

The Poetry Center has multiple activities and programs such as readings, lectures and classes. It is located at 1508 E. Helen Street north of Speedway Boulevard and is open Mondays through Fridays although it sometimes holds special events, such as "Family Days" on some Saturdays.