Arts & Culture Appreciation Awards

For over 20 years, the Arts & Culture Appreciation Awards have celebrated businesses and individuals for their contributions in creating a vibrant community through their work in the arts and culture. Awards recognize those who have been vital volunteers, leaders, artists, or those who’ve made outstanding contributions to arts and cultural education.

Leadership Award

The Leadership Award recognizes a business, government, or foundation that has exhibited long term support for arts and culture, OR whose work has had a significant impact on the region’s arts/cultural landscape OR has demonstrated a successful collaboration between an arts and cultural organization and business.

Applause Award


The Applause Award recognizes a dedicated individual or group whose outstanding volunteerism and contributions, either currently or in the past, have supported arts and culture in our community.

Imagine Award


The Imagine Award recognizes an educator, instructor, or individual whose efforts have made an outstanding contribution to the enhancement of arts and culture education by consistently inspiring and encouraging excellence in their students or an education affiliate.

Bruce Morton Wright Artist of The Year Award


The Artist of the Year Award recognizes an individual artist of any media who has had significant impact on the arts and culture landscape through personal commitment and leadership. This honor was instituted as a means to acknowledge a local artist for his or her contributions to the community and/or for providing a mentoring role in helping other artists.
Help distinguish and recognize those people in our community who are making a notable impact in arts and culture by submitting a nomination. Award recipients may be a business, organization, foundation or individual.(delete) Nominations must address the criteria outlined for the award for which the nomination is being submitted. Nominations will be judged based on the responses to the provided criteria.

Submit your nominations here.

Nominations are now open online or in print. Download the form here

The awards will be presented at Fall for Arts & Culture, November 12th at the Erie Playhouse. Nominees, their families, and their nominators are encourage to attend.

To view a list of previous honorees, please click here.