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Release Date: February 17,2023

Summit Artspace Seeks Nominations for 2023 Arts Alive Awards through March 31

Akron, OHIO (February 10, 2023) - Summit Artspace invites nominations for the 2023 Arts Alive Awards. The annual program recognizes gifted local artists, talented arts educators, and change-making advocates who bring the arts to life and shape our community’s culture.

The Arts Alive Awards special event and recognition ceremony will take place on June 22, 2023 at Summit Artspace (140 E Market Street) from 5:30-8:00pm.

Anyone can nominate a local artist from Summit or contiguous counties through an online form at Summit Artspace’s website. Nominations will be accepted through March 31 in 11 categories:

Emerging Artist Award:
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 their discipline through creativity and growth.

Outstanding Artists Awards:
Individual artists whose work within their field has made a significant impact within the discipline over five years or more.

Outstanding Visual Artist

Outstanding Artist in Music

Outstanding Artist in Dance

Outstanding Artist in Theater

Outstanding Artist in Literature

Arts Educator:
An arts educator at the elementary, secondary, or university level who has shown exemplary dedication and commitment to teaching, advising and mentoring art students.

Collaborative Project:
Recognizes an original project in the performing, visual or multi-disciplinary arts illustrating the power of collaboration to advance and support arts and culture in the community.

IDEA Leader:
An individual or group who has amplified the voices and vision of artists in the community or has strengthened inclusion, diversity, equity and access for and within the arts.

Rising Arts Leader:
An individual arts contributor, manager, advocate, volunteer or patron with fewer than five years of involvement in this role.

Arts Patron:
An individual or organization or business that has sustained and enhanced arts and culture in our community through generous support, leadership and financial resources.

Along with these nominations, Summit Artspace will select and honor multiple artists for the following awards:

Summit Artspace Champion:
The award 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.

Arts Alive Award:
An individual or individuals who give selflessly to the cause of advancing arts and culture in the community. Whether an artist, arts administrator, volunteer or patron, the nominee gives willingly and does so without seeking recognition.

Lifetime Achievement:
An individual who has dedicated their life to the arts and achieved distinction within the community. The award recognizes an individual artist, arts manager, advocate or other who has strengthened arts and culture in the community through decades of service.

For more information call (330) 376-8480, e-mail, or visit