Excellence in Arts Awards

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The 2017 Excellence in Arts Awards Ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. on October 19, 2017, in the Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre.  A light reception will follow. Sponsorship opportunities are available online or by downloading and submitting a sponsorship form.

2017 Award Recipients

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EdwarFrancisd Francis

Community Impact: Presented to a person or organization who has inspired and encouraged local arts and culture in a creative or innovative way. Emphasis on some or all of the following: a) bringing together organizations or people in the arts, b) elevating the arts and culture through visionary leadership, creativity, advocacy and volunteerism, and c) inspiring and encouraging artists and arts groups in the areas of innovation, outreach, inclusiveness and access.

Tish GreGreenwoodenwood

Emerging Arts Leadership: Presented to a person or organization demonstrating the potential to influence and elevate the arts and culture through outstanding vision, leadership and creativity.  Age is not a factor in this award.



YAE GreaseYoung Artists Ensemble

Exceptional Arts Education: Presented to an individual or organization for excellent work in and significant contributions to arts education, either a) through enhancing the education curriculum within the school system, or b) through creating educational opportunities in the arts outside the school setting. 


Pearcechael Pearce

Artist of the Year: This award recognizes a dedicated individual’s excellence and accomplishments in an arts discipline.  This award is for unique vision, high artistic quality, creativity and innovation.


In addition, The Mayor’s Award is granted annually. This year's recipient will be chosen by Mayor Claudia Bill-de la Peña. There are no parameters or restrictions for this award, which will be announced at the event.