Leave it to the Yuma arts community to find a creative way to celebrate its biggest night of the year, 2020 style.
This year’s Tribute of the Muses award ceremony becomes a virtual event with a drive-through red carpet offering “Gala-at-Home” kits – dinner, plus some Muses memorabilia – 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in the parking lot behind the Yuma Art Center, 254 S. Main Street (enter from the Madison Avenue side).
The ceremony itself will then follow in an online webcast for at-home viewing beginning at 8 p.m. that evening.
“The ceremony will be broadcast online for home viewing, but we're still inviting everyone to get dressed up for our Drive Through Red Carpet,” said Arts and Culture Program Manager Lindsay Benacka. “We're decking out the parking lot and inviting you to drive up to the back of the Art Center, by our beloved MOMO mural, hop out and take a picture, pick up a Gala-At-Home kit and then head home for a watch party.”
Tribute of the Muses is typically the biggest night of the year for the Yuma Art Center. The award honors an outstanding member of Yuma’s arts community who has shown exemplary devotion and excellence in the arts. Winners range among artists, performers, educators, advocates and patrons. The Helios award goes to the top newcomer in the arts community.
Gala At Home kits for are $60 for two people or $100 for four people, with catering from River City Grill and treats from A Pop Above. Kits will include choice of entrée and beverage, Caesar salad, French baguette, assorted treats, circus-themed party supplies, and commemorative Tribute of the Muses memorabilia.
All proceeds from kit sales benefit programs at the Yuma Art Center.
The accompanying art auction will also take place under a different format. Participants should make a gallery reservation to visit the Art Center in an safe, exclusive environment, and bid on items of interest while there. A “buy it now” option is also available. Auction opens Sept. 8 and runs through mid-October, to add convenience for art patrons. Pieces up for bids can also be viewed on the Art Center Facebook page.
“This is our biggest auction to date, with nearly 100 works of art donated by local and regional artists up for grabs,” Benacka said.
Webcast details for the award ceremony will be announced closer to the event date. “Event details are still in the works, but rest assured we'll still be celebrating,” Benacka said.
Participants are encouraged to take pictures of your watch party and tag @YumaArtCenter and #TributeoftheMuses2020.