Bigger is just plain better -- when it comes to creative ideas, that is.
That's why every year since 2010, we've searched high and low for emerging creatives doing exceptional things in metro Phoenix. They're on the cusp of something major, these painters, chefs, designers, dancers, innovators, and visionaries. That's what makes them Big Brains.
This time around, we've created a new category, urban vision, to recognize creative types 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.
See also: 2013 Big Brain Awards Winners Announced
Last year's finalists in the culinary arts category were Simple Farm, Hayden Flour Mills and Welcome Diner. Welcome Diner won. Past years' winners have included Natalie Morris (now) of Good Food Finder, Brian and Margita Webb of Hey Joe Food Truck and John Cavanagh of Tuck Shop.
Are you next?
We'll reveal the winners 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 www.phoenixnewtimes.com/microsites/bigbrainawards. Deadline for nominations is Monday, March 3.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.