Arts Awards and Recognition

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Jul. 21, 2017 - 2:49 pm
Gifts of Gold 2016 Best in Show - Sydney Vaught, Frida; Piedmont Laureate logo;  Raleigh Medal of Arts
The Arts, by their very nature, celebrate who we are – as individuals, as communities, and as a nation. Spanning three decades, the Raleigh Arts Commission has offered numerous opportunities for Raleigh residents to enjoy and participate in a wide range of arts activities. Join us as we honor, support and celebrate our creative community!

Image above (l to r): Gifts of Gold 2017 Best in Show - Julia Parks, Triplets; 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 beginning January 1, 2017.

Piedmont Laureate Program Issues Call for Novelists

The City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County announce the opening of the application process for the position of Piedmont Laureate for 2018.

The primary goal of the Piedmont Laureate program is "to promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts throughout the Piedmont region." The program is dedicated to building a literary bridge for residents to come together and celebrate the art of writing, enriching the lives of all our citizens.

Applications for the position are due September 22, 2017 by 5pm. More information and application here.

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.

2017 Gifts of Gold Awardees

Best in Show
Juile Parks
Green Hipe High School
Ms, Prichard, Teacher

Elementary - School Special Recognition

Anderson Barrett
My House in the Woods
Beaverdam Elementary
Ms. Rieu, Teacher

Ava Marques
Snowflake in the Air
Play & Ingenuity Magnet
Ms. Burgdorf, Teacher

Megan McLaughin
Tree Silhouette
Scotts Ridge Elementary
Ms.Nagy, Teacher

Kareen Wills
Blue Wildflower
Heritage Elementary
Ms. Weisz, Teacher

Elizabeth Wilson
Church at Auvers
Poe Elementary
Ms. Little, Teacher

Rebecca Yang
Peruvian Chukka
Mills Park Elementary
Ms. Smart, Teacher

Middle School - Special Recognition

Sarah Gerics
A Closer Look
Ligon GT Magnet Middle School
Ms. Armstrong, Teacher

Allyson Hoffler
Mallard on Water
Salem Middle School
Ms. Icardi, Teacher

Tracy McWilliams
The City That Cannot Forget
Rolesville Middle School
Mr. Dalton, Teacher

(3D) Yelyzaveta Minaieva
Durant Road Middle School
Ms. LaBiche, Teacher

(3D) Cody O’Bryant
Face Jug
Martin GT Magnet Middle School
Ms. Bennett, Teacher

High School - Special Recognition

(3D) Brianna Atkinson
Marshmallow Tea Party
Vernon Malone College & Career Academy
Ms. Schumann, Teacher

Alaina Bubeck
Millbrook High School
Mr. Davis, Teacher

Natalie Capes
Ghost in the Mirror
Millbrook High School
J. Johnston, Teacher

Lauren Rogers
Garner Magnet High School
Ms. Dirilgen, Teacher

Max Seavey
Autumn Wired
Athens Drive High School
Ms. Hilton

Neerja Shah
Green Hope High School
Ms. Poppe, Teacher

Andie Strohm
Misty Blue Night
Athens Drive High School
Mr. Volkman, Teacher

Medal of Arts

Raleigh Medal of Arts Awardees 1984-2016

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.

Piedmont Laureate

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.

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