Nominations are now open in the categories below for individuals or organizations from Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. Awards will be presented at the 6th Annual Celebration of the Arts Party on Saturday, April 25 at the Woodside Tavern on the Range in Olean, NY. Tickets available at 716-372-7455,
Anyone can submit nominations including self-nominations by individuals or organizations. Individuals may make nominations in more than one category. Winners will be chosen by a review panel.

Nominations are due by Monday, March 16, 2020 by 11:59pm.

Arts & Cultural Award Categories

Thomas Barnes Lifetime Achievement: Named after longtime Arts Council board president, this award celebrates the career of an individual artist, organization, individual at an organization, or individual artist who, among other distinctions, has demonstrated particular commitment to his or her work throughout a long career and has made important contributions regionally, nationally, or internationally in his/her field, especially at a milestone marker, such as retirement, job change, posthumous recognition, etc.

Distinguished Artist of the Year: This award honors an individual artist in any discipline for their creative excellence and superior accomplishments in 2019.

Outstanding High School Senior: This award recognizes an outstanding high school senior graduating in 2020, who will be continuing their education at any college or university, and pursuing studies in dance, literature, fine arts, graphic design, music, or theater. This award comes with a $250 scholarship, sponsored by Hedley Brook Agency and Christie's Boutique.

Excellence in Arts Education: This award honors an arts educator for their work in providing arts instruction that helps to guide the next generation of artists in our region, and helps to cultivate life-long supporters of the arts.

Volunteer of the Year: Many of the region's arts and cultural organizations rely on volunteers to put on the show! This award recognizes the outstanding volunteer efforts of an unpaid individual or group that has had a major impact on the arts and culture sector.

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* 1. Nominee Information

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* 2. Please select a nomination category (one nomination per form - please complete another survey for additional nominees)

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* 3. Reason for Nomination - Tell us why you feel this organization, individual or project deserves an award. Examples may include accomplishments, length of organization's existence or an individual's tenure with an organization, unique qualities of the organization or individual. Be sure to include any notable accomplishments in 2019 that make this nominee exceptional in your mind.

Please assume we are not familiar with the individual, organization or project. Be as detailed as possible.

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* 4. Only Required for Outstanding High School Senior Award - Please submit at least one item to support your nomination. This can simply be the artist's website, YouTube clips, press materials, or portfolio images. PLEASE NOTE: If nominating for the Outstanding High School Senior Award, you MUST complete this question. The nomination cannot be considered if nothing is submitted.

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* 5. Your contact information:

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* 6. Please indicate your relationship with the nominee: