The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is pleased to release a call for nominations to recognize northeast Florida’s arts leaders. Winners will be announced during the Cultural Council’s 38th Annual Art Awards Celebration: A Night of Fire on May 1, 2014. This year’s community event will showcase the arts in Jacksonville like never before and highlight the Spark District as party-goers enjoy a sneak preview of the renaissance of the iconic Marble Bank Building in Downtown Jacksonville. Special thanks to Regions Bank for once again stepping up to support the arts as the title sponsor for the event.

Nomination categories
Art Activist: This award is given to a person who embodies activism and advocacy for the arts and exhibits leadership in doing so.
Art Educator: Any teacher (professional at public or private institutions or volunteer) instructing students at any age/grade level who brings art and culture of any discipline to students in an exemplary way is eligible for the Art Educator award.
Art Collector: This award is bestowed to an individual or company that exhibits immense support for the art community by cultivating an art collection of any discipline, such as visual art, film, literature and/or music.
Art Innovator: A person or company that is breaking new ground or embarking on new art and culture initiatives on behalf of our city is an Art Innovator.
Art Philanthropist: This award is given to an individual or company that makes extraordinary funding contributions to local arts programs and/or arts organizations.

To make a nomination, please submit an essay up to 500 words describing why a particular person, company or group should be recognized in one of the categories listed above. Essays should include specific examples of exemplary work and how the community has been impacted as a result. Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of community leaders and long-time arts supporters. Submissions must include a name, email and phone number for both the nominee and the nominator. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.
Two finalists from each category will be invited to participate in a video interview that will be broadcast at the Night of Fire event. Each finalist will receive two complimentary tickets.