SUMMIT ARTSPACE ANNUAL ARTS ALIVE AWARDS AND AUCTION GOES VIRTUAL

Nominations Now Open; Call for Artists

AKRON, Ohio (March 29, 2021) – Summit Artspace invites the public to attend its annual Arts Alive  Awards and Auction on Thurs., June 17 at 7 p.m. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the awards ceremony and auction will be presented virtually. Nominations are now open and the deadline to  nominate artists is May 1. Reservations for the virtual event open May 1. 

The Arts Alive Awards were created in 2001 to recognize gifted artists, art educators and change making advocates and volunteers with an inspiring celebration of achievement. “These awards honor  artists who make an indelible mark on our region’s cultural landscape,” notes Summit Artspace  Executive Director Heather Meeker. “As we strive to recover and reconnect, artists are essential—and  they need our support like never before.” 

Summit Artspace is looking for people interested in attending, serving as sponsors and donating  auction items for its virtual auction. The virtual awards ceremony is free to view with a suggested  minimum donation of $10, and sponsorships start at $250. The sponsor deadline is May 10. Proceeds  benefit the mission of Summit Artspace to connect artists to the community and to the resources they  need to thrive professionally, creatively and financially. 

Award Nominations 

Anyone can nominate individuals and organizations for awards in diverse categories that include emerging artist; outstanding artist in dance, music, theatre and visual arts; rising arts leader; and IDEA  leader. Nominees must live in Summit, Cuyahoga, Portage, Stark or Medina counties in Ohio. Deadline  for nominations is May 1. The complete list of award categories, criteria and nomination form are available here

Call for Artists – Auction 

Donations of artwork from local artists are needed for the virtual Arts Alive Auction. In return,  participating artists will be featured in the “In-Kind” exhibition scheduled at Summit Artspace gallery in  fall 2021. “Through the kindness and generous donations from local artists to the Arts Alive Auction,  we’re able to raise funds to support Summit Artspace’s mission and help the community,” notes artist  and arts educator Daniel Coffield, who is organizing both the auction and the exhibition. “Through this  effort, we continue to find new ways to network, promote, advocate and develop a stronger 

community of local artists.” To donate artwork, click here. Deadline for submissions is April 23. 

For more information, email heather@summitartspace.org or call 330.376.8480, ext. 2. 

ABOUT SUMMIT ARTSPACE: Summit Artspace is a nonprofit arts organization connecting artists and  artist-serving organizations to the resources they need to thrive professionally, creatively and  financially. It provides artist studios, exhibitions and programs in Summit County and serves as a vital  place for the public to engage with the creative community. For more information, visit click here or call 330-376-8480.