About the Awards

The Arts Alliance Mountain Empire sponsors annual Arts Achievement Awards which recognize living individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the arts in the region.

This year's winners are Wilhelmina Banks, Pat Flannagan, Barbara Kingsolver, Nicholas Piperand Fred & Judy Slaughter. This year's gala will be a virtual celebration because of the coronavirus. We'll announce details as we finalize them.

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.

The nominations process begins in January, the winners are chosen in March, and there is a gala celebration in May of each year.