Arts Awards and Recognition
Office of Raleigh Arts
Image above (l to r): Gifts of Gold 2016 Best in Show - Sydney Vaught, Frida; Piedmont Laureate logo; Raleigh Medal of Arts
Piedmont Laureate 2017 - Poet Mimi Herman
Mimi Herman, a Durham-based poet, has been selected as the region's 2017 Piedmont Laureate. During 2017, Ms. Herman will appear at workshops, reading programs and speaking engagements throughout Wake, Durham and Orange counties. As Piedmont Laureate, Mimi Herman will receive an honorarium and serve until Dec. 31. Her duties will include presenting public readings and workshops, participating at select public functions and creating at least one original activity to expand appreciation of poetry.
A schedule of the Laureate's 2017 activities will be posted on the sponsoring agency websites and on the Piedmont Laureate website at www.piedmontlaureate.com beginning January 1, 2017.
Gifts of Gold Visual Arts Celebration
More than 100 Wake County students ranging from kindergarteners to high school seniors are represented in the Gifts of Gold arts celebration each March. A visual component of the Pieces of Gold performing arts extravaganza, Gifts of Gold is a collaboration between the Office of Raleigh Arts, Wake County Public Schools and the Wake Education Partnership.
Two- and three-dimensional student artworks submitted by Wake County art teachers are showcased at a temporary art gallery in the lobby of Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, with an awards ceremony taking place in the same location.
Medal of Arts
Based on the National Medal of Arts program, Raleigh's Medal of Arts – the City's highest arts honor – recognizes extraordinary lifetime achievement in the practice or support of local arts.
What do actor Ira David Wood III, writer Sally Buckner, painter Bob Rankin, North Carolina Museum of Art Executive Director Larry Wheeler and North Carolina Theatre have in common? They are all recipients of a Raleigh Medal of Arts!
Raleigh's Medal of Arts was inaugurated in 1984 by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission. The medal was designed by artist Catherine Nailling Parrish and fabricated by Joel Hass. From 1984-2016, 151 medals have been awarded, with recipients ranging from businesses such as Capitol Broadcasting Company and Progress Energy, arts organizations including the North Carolina Symphony and Arts Together, and artists such as sculptor Thomas Sayre, poet Lenard Moore and choreographer Robert Weiss.
Hosted in the Fletcher Opera Theater at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, the Medal of Arts ceremony is free and open to the public.
The City of Raleigh is proud to honor the exceptional individuals who have contributed so significantly to our Creative Capital City. Congratulations to all our Medal recipients.
The Piedmont Laureate Program, co-sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, has as its primary goal "to promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts throughout the Piedmont region."
The Piedmont Laureate is appointed for one year. Each year, the program is open to writers creating work in a selected literary genre such as poetry, novels, plays and more. The Laureate's activities include readings, workshops and other public appearances.
Author of The Art of Learning Mimi Herman is the 2017 Piedmont Laureate.