For more than three decades, the Arts and Culture Appreciation Awards have recognized and honored those individuals, businesses, and organizations who use arts-based disciplines or deliver cultural programming to positively impacted the Erie community. Continuing in this tradition, we are asking that you please participate in the nomination process. It is through your participation that we identify those within the community who represent the spirit of these awards.
There are five award categories and nominees may be businesses, organizations, foundations, groups, or individuals. Nominations must address the criteria outlined for the award for which the nomination is being submitted. A panel of volunteers will objectively review each submission based on the quality of the information provided with each nomination.
When submitting your nominations, please mention how the nominee's work has positively impacted the community, and whether the work was collaborative, innovative, or inclusive of new or under-resourced populations. If you wish to provide relevant pictures or other support materials they can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for nominations is August 9, 2019. Nominations may be submitted in print or online. For print submissions, please download the nomination form and mail to: Arts Appreciation Awards, c/o Erie Arts & Culture, 23 West 10th Street, Suite 2, Erie, PA 16501 or email it to email@example.com. Submissions may also be submitted online below.
The awards will be presented at Fall for Arts & Culture on November 7th at the Erie Playhouse. Nominees, their families, and their nominators will be invited and encouraged to attend to celebrate with members of our local community.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award
This award recognizes and celebrates organizations or individuals that have embraced diversity and inclusion as part of their core values and are committed to producing programs or environments where all persons and perspectives are welcomed and valued.
Describe how the nominee has used arts and culture to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in Erie County or highlight how they have challenged the status quo to champion policies or create systems that further cultural equity.
The Leadership Award recognizes a business, government, or foundation that has either 1) demonstrated long term support for arts and culture, 2) significantly integrated arts and culture into their workplace, 3) collaborated with arts and cultural organizations or individual artists to serve the community, or 4) encouraged employees to serve as Board members or volunteers with arts and culture organizations.
Describe how the nominee has leveraged their position in the community as a business, government, or foundation to support or advance the impact of arts and culture in Greater Erie.
The Applause Award recognizes a dedicated individual, or group of individuals, who demonstrate a long-term commitment to either service or support of the arts and culture sector by being a reoccurring volunteer with, or donor of, an arts and culture organization or an arts and culture related event in our community.
Describe the nominee’s history of volunteerism with or support of arts and culture in our community.
The Imagine Award recognizes an educator or instructor whose efforts have made an outstanding contribution to the community by using arts and culture in an educational setting to inspire and empower their students.
Describe how the nominee has used arts and culture in an educational setting.
Bruce Morton Wright Artist of the Year Award
The Artist of the Year Award recognizes an individual artist of any media who is process-oriented and has served as an influencer or mentor in Erie's arts and culture community.
Describe the nominee’s impact on the arts and culture community by detailing the artist’s personal commitment to their discipline and how they have served as a thought leader in Erie County. Characterize the ways that the artist has made a significant impact in the greater community and how they've been instrumental in aiding or inspiring others.