And The “Crammy” Award goes to?

Press release from Asheville Area Arts Council:

The Asheville Area Arts Council is proud to announce a new addition to this year’s Creative Sector Summit held on November 3– the first ever “Crammy” award.

Named after local entrepreneur and philanthropist John Cram– who passed away last year– the John Cram Arts Leadership Award seeks to honor individuals who have made a large contribution to the arts in Buncombe County.

“John embodied the arts council’s mission to keep the arts at the heart of our community,” said executive director Katie Cornell. “And, this award is our way of highlighting the amazing work of other arts leaders in our community.”

Community members are invited to nominate a local arts leader for this honor. A submission form is available on the Asheville Area Arts Council website from now until October 15 at 5 pm.

Submissions will be reviewed by the Arts Coalition chairs, who will select the top four nominees. These individuals will be honored at a reception on November 3, and the inaugural award will be presented by Blue Spiral 1 gallery director Michael Manes during the State of the Arts Address.

“I could not think of a more fitting way to honor leaders in our creative community than with an award that celebrates the attributes, values and dedication that John Cram possessed,” said Manes. “This award means that the vision, potential, and hope that John saw in Asheville forty plus years ago continues with the next generation leader.”

The winner will receive a plaque and select an eligible arts-based nonprofit organization or community project to receive an arts council grant of $1,000.

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