Arts Achievement Awards accepting nominations

January 21, 2019

Nominations are being accepted for the fourth annual Arts Achievement Awards, sponsored by the Arts Alliance Mountain Empire. The awards are designed to recognize living individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the arts in the region.

The five annual award winners come from these categories: Artist — achievement in theater, music, dance, visual arts or literary arts; Arts Educator — achievement in arts education in a college or university, primary or secondary school; Arts Administrators — achievement in the management of arts institutions; and Arts Advocates — achievement in sustaining the arts through volunteering or financial support.

The nominees should reside in the cities of Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, Virginia, or Bristol, Tennessee; Washington and Sullivan Counties in Tennessee; or Washington County, Virginia.

Nomination forms can be obtained on the Arts Alliance Mountain Empire website or in the print editions of the January or February editions of A! Magazine for the Arts. The deadline for accepting nominations is Friday, March 1.

Past winners have included Amanda Aldridge, Nancy Arnold, Kelly Bremner, Schéry Collins, Nancy DeFriece, Marvin and Marcia Gilliam, Charles Goolsby, Cornelia Laemmli-Orth, Val Lyle, Beth McCoy, Michele Plescia, Mary Beth Rainero, Deanna Cole-Roberts, Leah Ross, Richard Rose, Bill and Diane Thomas, Charles Vess, Benjamin Walls, Laura Ann Warner and Betsy White.

AAME is an arts council formed as a service organization for artists, arts organizations and other cultural endeavors throughout the Mountain Empire. The mission of AAME is to nurture, advocate and celebrate the arts. AAME fulfills its mission primarily as the publisher of A! Magazine for the Arts but also sponsors an arts-focused lecture series.

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