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2024 Arts Awards Nominations are Closed!

Nominations for the 39th annual Northeast Louisiana Arts Awards opened May 1st.  The awards ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, June 20, 2024.  Nominated artists, businesses, volunteers, and educators in the arts community are honored during this program.  Categories open for nominations this year include Performing Artist of the Year, Visual Artist of the Year, BART Award, Volunteer of the Year, Emerging Artist, and the Region 8 Arts Educator of the Year.

Nominees for the Performing Artist of the Year Award and the Edmund Williamson Visual Artist of the Year are professional artist who  have excelled in their chosen field and enriched Region 8 and Louisiana through  their art form.  The Business Art (BART) Award nominees are businesses that have made significant contributions impacting the success of the cultural  programs of organization in northeast Louisiana.

The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes individual personal involvement in the development of the cultural arts in northeast Louisiana.  Emerging Artist nominees are high schools seniors or college students who have demonstrated a desire and are committed to pursuing a career in their chosen arts discipline.

Introduced in 2022, Region 8 Arts Educator of  the year Award recognizes an arts educator who is making a difference in our region through their dedication to Arts Education.

Arts organizations in Region 8 and current members of the Arts Council are eligible to nominate in all categories.  The general public is invited to submit nominations for Region 8 Arts Educator of the Year.  

For more information about how to nominate, email abigail@nelaarts.org or call 318.397.6717 and request information on submitting nominations.  Nominations close at noon, Tuesday, May 28, 2024.

 

 


The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council is excited to announce the nominees for the 39th annual Northeast Louisiana Arts Awards to be held on Thursday, June 20. Nominated artists, businesses, educators, and volunteers in the arts community are recognized during this program. Categories receiving nominations this year are the Arts Educator of the Year Award, Performing Artist of the Year Award, Visual Artist of the Year Award, Emerging Artist, BART Award, and Volunteer of the Year Award.

2024 Artist of the Year nominees are:
• Heather Gill, nominated by Twin City Art Foundation/Masur Museum
• Brandon Virgil, nominated by Black Creatives Circle of North Louisiana

2024 Performing Artist of the Year nominees are:
• Chandler Beard, nominated by Strauss Theatre Center
• Grayce Sanders, nominated by Louisiana Delta Ballet
• Elizabeth Vidos, nominated by North Central Louisiana Arts Council

2024 Business Art (BART) nominees are:
• Paul & Kelly Coburn/The Gardens at Georgia Tucker, nominated by Twin City Ballet
• Gilley Enterprises/McDonald’s, nominated by Louisiana Delta Ballet
• West Monroe West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce, nominated by Strauss Theatre Center

2024 Volunteer of the Year nominees are:
• Lee Ainsworth, nominated by Monroe Symphony Orchestra
• Keith Beard, nominated by Strauss Theatre Center
• Dr. Alicia Jones, nominated by Black Creatives Circle of North Louisiana
• Jessica Thornhill, nominated by Twin City Ballet
• Justin Underwood, nominated by Louisiana Delta Ballet

2024 Dot Bassett Emerging Artist nominees are:
• Taryn Davidson, nominated by Ross Lynn Charitable Foundation
• Cainwyn Garner, nominated by ULM School of Visual and Performing Arts
• Jake Kepper, nominated by Louisiana Delta Ballet

2024 Region 8 Arts Educator of the Year nominees, submitted by the public at large, are:
• Anna Alexander, Hillcrest & Glen View Elementary School, nominated by Marcie Nelson
• Cyndi Beauboef, Weston High School, nominated by Sheri Flynn
• Lissy Sanders-Compton, Ouachita Parish Gifted & Talented, nominated by Clifford Tresner
• Inique Harris, Monroe City Gifted & Talented, nominated by Rodrecas Davis
• Deana Revels, Ruston High School, nominated by Dylan Sanders

CONGRATUALTIONS TO ALL OF OUR NOMINEES!


The Arts Council is excited to celebrate our Arts Educators in Region 8 by partnering with local sponsors to add Region 8 Arts Educator of the Year as a part of our annual Arts Awards celebration. The purpose of this annual award is to promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for Arts Education as well as to honor those individuals who are making a real difference in our community through their dedication to Arts Education.

Nominees must be Arts Educators in a public, private or parochial school classroom setting in Grades K-12, in one of the parishes served by the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council. Those parishes are: Lincoln, Caldwell, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union, and West Carroll. Educators must lead an art program in one of the following disciplines as per the National Standards for Arts Education: dance, music, theatre and the visual arts. The honored Educator will be selected from a field of finalists by a panel of qualified judges from outside Region 8. All finalists will be recognized during the Arts Awards banquet. The winner of the award will receive $500 to be used in their specific art program at their school.


*Anyone can nominate an Arts Educator for this award. Former recipients of the award are not eligible to win in consecutive years.