ArtsGreensboro Opens Nominations for Several Prestigious Arts Awards
(GREENSBORO, N.C) ArtsGreensboro is pleased to announce they are opening the call for nominations for its yearly Arts Award Program. Each year ArtsGreensboro recognizes artists, community leaders, educators and business who are making an impact on the cultural landscape of Greensboro. The awards are: The O. Henry Lifetime Award, the Arts in Business Award, the Arts Educator of The Year Award, and the Betty Cone Medal of Arts Award.
The Arts and Business Award is made in partnership with the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and the Greensboro Merchants Association. Each year, the award recognizes a Greensboro small business for its leadership and commitment to the arts and its impact on the arts over the past year, as measured by activities, projects, or events in support of any aspect of the arts. Past recipients of the Arts in Business Award include Nino Giaimo (owner of GIA), Steinway Piano Gallery, Scuppernong Books, The View on Elm, Tate Street Coffee, Just Be, PhotoBiz, and Quaintance-Weaver.
The Betty Cone Medal of Arts Award was first awarded in 1999, and is the most prestigious local award presented to artists. It recognizes artists who have achieved clear excellence in their disciplines and/or have made extraordinary contributions to their field or to the community at large through their artistry or expertise. This award is sponsored by AT&T of North Carolina. Past recipients of the Betty Cone Medal of Arts Award include Logie Meachum and Brenda Schleunes.
ArtsGreensboro along with the Chamber of Commerce honors the O.Henry Lifetime Award to individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the cultural development of Greensboro over the course of their lifetimes. Past recipients of the O.Henry Award include Sam Hummel, Betty Cone, Kathy Manning, Dr. Richard Cox, Linda Sloan, Susan Shore Schwartz, Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Barbara and Herman Cone, Louis Patseavouris, Shirley Spears, Bernie and Bobbie Mann, Logie Meachum, Brenda Schlunes, and Linda Carlisle.
Established in 2006 by ArtsGreensboro in partnership with Guilford County Schools and sponsored by Wells Fargo, the Arts Education Teacher of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding arts educator in the Guilford County School System. Past recipients of the Arts Education Teacher of the Year Award include: Donna Brotherton, Mary Young, Heather Ellington, Jancie Reinbold, Donny Walter, Cassy Whitley, Ed Kimbrough, Julie Rachlin, Michaela Hafley, Brian McMath, Wade Billesen, Andy Mock, and Paula Owens.
Nominations will be accepted through ArtsGreensboro’s online portal at artsgreensboro.org. Nominees will be reviewed by ArtsGreensboro’s Marketing Committee. “Honoring our local arts champions is important in elevating the arts in our community and one of ArtsGreensboro’s core mission areas,” said Laura Way, President and CEO of ArtsGreensboro. “In 2020, the awards will be announced at our inaugural State of the Arts Luncheon, where we will celebrate the entirety of the arts community and those who are making a difference. The Luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 23, at the Van Dyke Performance Space.” The theme for this year’s luncheon is Creatives Drive Business. Tables and individual tickets can be purchased online at artsgreensboro.org.
About ArtsGreensboro In its role as the arts council, ArtsGreensboro is the community’s largest source of dedicated financial support, funding arts and culture through a competitive process – from nationally recognized organizations such as Eastern Music Festival and Triad Stage, to community-based projects and programs such as Casa Azul, artists throughout the Piedmont region, and arts-in-education initiatives. Through the annual ArtsFund Campaign, contributor’s dollars are leveraged by corporate, foundation, and government funding to support a local arts economy that contributes over $162 million annually back into our city. ArtsGreensboro is dedicated to elevating the arts by creating awareness and promoting the vibrancy of our city; amplifying the impact the arts have in building strong and thriving communities for all citizens; and supporting arts organizations, artists, and teachers through grants, shared services, and technical assistance.