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Big Brain Awards — Win $1,000!

Metropolitan Phoenix is home to some Big Brains — people busy creating and re-creating this city, making a home for fine food, eye-popping art and top-notch performance.

Building community, whether through architecture or social media.

Marking their turf online, on film and on the runway.

This spring, Phoenix New Times will honor a group of emerging creatives with our first-ever Big Brain Awards and we need your help.

We're looking to honor individuals, not institutions — the folks on the ground floor, rather than those already gathering accolades.

Click here and tell us why you — or someone you know — deserves to win a $1,000 cash prize in one the following categories: design/fashion, visual art, performing art, online media or film/video .

Finalists will be profiled online and in the paper May 20, and winners will be announced Saturday, May 22, at New Times' 40th anniversary party at Madcap Theaters in Tempe.
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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at