After an open call for nominations (self-nominations were allowed), the finalists were selected in eight categories by a committee that included several of last year’s award winners and a representative from Mayor Kate Gallego’s office.
“It’s incredible to see such a collection of experience and talented represented,” says Lauren Henschen, who became CEO for Phoenix Center for the Arts in July.
Charissa Lucille Heckard,
Patrick Andrew, Downtown Chamber Series, Scott Helms, Amy Swietlik
Girls Rock! Phoenix,
Lights Camera Discover,
Warrior Songs Inc.
The 2018 winners included Andria Burnell and Las Chollas Peligrosas (music artist), CALA Alliance (innovative organization), Kevin Caron (visual artist), Amy Carpenter and Stacey Hanlon (theatre artists), Mary Fitzgerald (dance artist), Ty Muhammed (young artist), and Joy Young (literary artist).
Gallego will present the awards, and each winner will receive an original work of art created an artist who teaches at Phoenix Center for the Arts.