Each year, New Times honors our community’s artistic endeavors with our Big Brain Awards, giving cash prizes to emerging creatives. For the first time, this year we've created a category for Urban Vision – designed to recognize creative types devoted to making Phoenix an even better place.

For two weeks, we accepted online nominations for Valley residents who deserve to win $500 in one of the following categories: visual art, performing art, design, culinary art, and urban vision.

Finalists will be announced on Jackalope Ranch, and profiled in the paper. Winners will be announced Friday, April 25, at New Times’ Artopia — an evening of food, drinks, art and music.