Nominate Best & Brightest!

ARTS ALIVE AWARDS were created to recognize gifted artists, talented art educators and change-making advocates and volunteers at an inspiring celebration of achievement. They bring art to life and help shape our community’s culture. 

The community has—you have—the chance to nominate creative individuals or groups in a number of categories. See below. The awards honor community members who live, work and advocate in Summit, Cuyahoga, Portage, Stark or Medina counties in Ohio. You may nominate as many as you like but use a separate form for each.


Elisa Gargarella, Outstanding Arts Educator for 2016

You may complete the online form at the links below or print, complete and submit to: Executive Director, Summit Artstpace, 140 E. Market St., Akron, Ohio, 44308. Please be as detailed as possible when describing why the artist qualifies for the award. Include any verifiable online sites or other sources. For more information, please call Summit Artspace at 330-376-8480 or email

Nomination Guidelines here.

Winners for all awards will be announced mid May 2018. 

The winners will be honored at an awards celebration on Thursday, June 12, 5:30 pm, at Summit Artspace on East Market. When you come to the event, you will also find out more about previous honorees and their impact across the years and across communities! Click here to see the winners from past years.

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Nominate an Artist, Educator or Arts Advocate:
                Arts Alive Award
                Summit Artspace Champion
                Lifetime Achievement
                Outstanding Artist in Dance
                Outstanding Artist in Music
                Outstanding Artist in Theatre
                Outstanding Artist in Visual Arts
                Emerging Artist
                Arts Educator
                Collaborative Project
                Community Outreach
                Diversity in the Arts
                Corporate Leader
                Rising Leader
                Arts Volunteer

Award Categories and Descriptions

Arts Alive Award – recognizes an individual or individuals who give selflessly to the cause of advancing arts and culture in the community.  An artist, arts manager, volunteer or patron, this individual is a true lover of all arts who gives willingly and does so without seeking recognition.

Summit Artspace Champion – recognizes an individual, group or organization that has been a true champion for Summit Artspace; who has provided extraordinary and ongoing support for its mission as a place for the creative.

Lifetime Achievement – recognizes an individual artist, arts manager, advocate or other who strengthens arts and culture in the community through decades of service.

Artist Awards – recognizes individual artists with at least five years working in their discipline, professionally or as an amateur, whose work makes a significant impact on his or her discipline through outstanding creativity and growth. One award is given in each of four categories:

Emerging Artist – recognizes an individual in the visual or performing arts with less than five years working in their discipline, who illustrates outstanding potential for making a significant impact on his or her discipline through creativity and growth.

Arts Educator – recognizes an elementary, middle school, high school or university-level educator or a private instructor who has shown exemplary dedication and commitment to teaching, advising and mentoring area art students.

Collaborative Project – recognizes an original project (performing or visual arts) that illustrates the power of collaboration among organizations and/or individuals to advance and support arts and culture in the community.

Community Outreach – recognizes an individual or group who has helped bring a voice to underrepresented artists in the community or who has been a catalyst for bringing the arts and culture to underrepresented populations.

Diversity in the Arts – recognizes individuals, groups, organizations or original projects that honor and showcase diversity in arts and culture in the community.

Patron – recognizes individuals and other entities that financially support arts and culture in the community.

Corporate Leader – recognizes an individual or business of any size that has, over time, provided extraordinary support for local arts and culture through volunteerism, patronage or financial support.

Rising Leader – recognizes an individual arts contributor, manager, advocate, volunteer or patron with less than five of involvement in this role.

Arts Volunteer – recognizes an individual or group who has shared significant time and/or skills volunteering for arts and culture in the community.