The second annual Beaches, A Celebration of the Arts will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 23, at The Surf Club at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club.
The event recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations within the coastal counties from Amelia Island to St. Augustine Beach that have made a significant impact on the arts in the community.
“I’m excited to honor the Beaches nominees for their talent, creativity, innovation and philanthropy,” said Donna Guzzo, Cultural Center president and executive director. “The Cultural Center is a center for everyone to connect, engage and experience the arts. Success is imminent!”
Several awards will be presented at this Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach event. Nominations were submitted by community members. Winners will be selected by a committee of judges unaffiliated with the Cultural Center.
Here’s a look at the nominees.
Emerging Artist Award
This is awarded to an emerging artist who has displayed great accomplishment within his or her fine art or craft medium.
Nominees are Jenn Peek, who has two works installed at the sculpture park in Jacksonville Beach, and Caelen Proctor, who has one installation at the park and is planning a show at the Beaches Museum.
Arts Education & Advocacy Award
This is awarded to an artist or arts advocate with a track record of advancing the arts and/or educating the public, business leaders, elected officials and students about the value of arts in the Beaches community.
Nominees are Jenny Hager, an associate professor of sculpture in the Department of Art & Design at UNF, and Beaches Go Green, which uses art to communicate information about waste and its impact on the planet.
The Art of Giving Award
This is awarded to a business or individual committed to funding and/or sustaining arts and culture programs within the Beaches community.
Nominees are All American Air Charitable Foundation, Dubow Family Foundation and Preston Haskell.
Community Impact Award
This members’ choice award will go to an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated a tangible and measurable development of arts and culture in the Beaches community.
Nominees are Beaches Go Green and Word Revolt, a nonprofit studio gallery dedicated to hosting free events that benefit artists, charities and the community.
Irene Lazzara’s Beaches, A Celebration of the Arts Award
This is awarded to an individual, business or organization dedicated to ensuring that arts and culture are ingrained in the everyday life of the Beaches community.
Nominees are Word Revolt and All Beaches Experimental Theatre, a not-for-profit, volunteer-based community theatre that brings the excitement of live theatre to diverse audiences.
For further information or to purchase tickets, go to ccpvb.org/events/upcoming-events.
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