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Annual arts award program seeks nominees

Whose contribution to local art is worthy of recognition? The City of Yuma invites you to help us find these individuals by nominating them for the 2017 Tribute of the Muses.

The Tribute of the Muses, held this year on Oct. 13, acknowledges the tremendous contributions of individuals and organizations to the arts in the Yuma community.

Each year, members of the public nominate individuals for their dedication to the visual arts, music, dance, theatre, and/or arts philanthropy. An additional award, the Helios, is also awarded at that ceremony to an up-and-coming artist.

Nomination forms for both awards are being accepted at the Yuma Art Center, 254 S. Main St., through 5 p.m. Sept. 7. Forms can be found at the Art Center, or downloaded online through the center’s page on the City’s website.

“The arts in Yuma art thriving and growing rapidly,” noted City of Yuma Arts and Culture Program Manager Lindsay Benacka. “We are continuing to see the beautification of the community in public places through art, which in turn makes the area more attractive for economic investment and community engagement. The Tribute of the Muses is Yuma’s way of recognizing individuals who have made a significant impact on the community whether as an artist, supporter, educator or philanthropist.”

The person, persons or group honored reflects acknowledged excellence in a chosen arts field, years of service in the local arts community, leadership, arts advocacy or encouragement of others to become involved in the arts or philanthropy. Nominees may be full- or part-time artists, art teachers, leaders, supporters or volunteers in the arts community. They should have a recognized track record as a champion of the arts through creative contribution, gifts of time and support.

Previous winners have been chosen from a broad spectrum of the arts including dance, music, art education and the visual arts. The Yuma Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission and Public Art Committee select the award winners.

This year’s Tribute of the Muses ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at the Historic Yuma Theatre, with a ticketed after-party and fundraiser for the arts to follow in the adjacent Yuma Art Center.

The name Tribute of the Muses originates from Greek Mythology, where the nine daughters of Zeus called Muses were considered the inspiration for the arts and sciences. Each Muse possessed a distinct gift among the disciplines of poetry, art, dance and music.