Big Brains

Announcing Big Brains 2014: Nominate Emerging Phoenix Creatives for Cash Prizes

Know anyone with a big brain? And by that we mean local creative types with big ideas, grand visions, exceptional projects, and major dreams. If so, we'd really like to hear about them.

It's all for our annual Big Brain Awards, which spotlights such inventive and innovative groups and individuals around the Valley and what it is they're doing. Every year since 2010, we've searched exhaustively those emerging creatives who are doing extraordinary things in the Metro Phoenix area. We're looking for artists, performers, musicians, designers, chefs, dancers, and anyone else who is helping bring about some next-level stuff on the local level or are the cusp of something major. And that's why they're Big Brains.

For this year's edition, we've created a new category, urban vision, to recognize creatives who are working to make Phoenix a better place. Nominations are now open for Valley residents who deserve to win $500 in the following categories: visual art, performing art, design, culinary art, and urban vision.

Previous winners and finalists have included such groups as Dust Circuit Radio and Club Fonograma, performers like Man Cat, b-boy school Cyphers: The Center for Urban Arts and nightclub videomaker Francis Lazaro, as well as designers Jon Ashcroft and Justin Katz, and venues like the Torch Theatre, Space 55, and FilmBar.

As with Big Brain Awards in year's past, we will profile three finalists from each category in print, here on Up On The Sun, on our arts and culture blog Jackalope Ranch, and on our food blog, Chow Bella.

The winners will be revealed on Saturday, April 26, at New Times' Artopia, an evening of art, drinks, food, and music. To access an exclusive Artopia ticket pre-sale, sign up for our Arts & Theatre newsletter by Monday, February 24.

Nominate your favorite creatives (even yourself) for 2014's Big Brains at Deadline for nominations is Monday, March 3.

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