May 4, 2017 at the Phoenician Resort

More than 500 arts supporters from all corners of Arizona and all parts of the community gathered at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale to celebrate the phenomenal individuals and organizations that comprise our vibrant and growing arts sector in Arizona.

8 new honorees joined more 200 individuals and organizations that have been honored since 1981.

10 Pioneers of Advocacy were honored in a special presentation of the Shelley Award alongside a parody of Hamilton's My Shot. Performances from Scorpius Dance, Phoenix Chorale and Phoenix Theatre actors punctuated the evening. 

70 Artists, Arts Organizations, Businesses, Educators and Individuals from 19 Arizona communities were nominated in eight categories this year.

We want to acknowledge ALL of the 2017 nominees, who are wonderful individuals and organizations that do so much for arts and culture in Arizona and deserve to be recognized for their talent, innovation and immense efforts.

On February 20, 2017, nominees, sponsors and guests gathered at Phoenix Theatre to celebrate this year’s nominees and announce three finalists in each category as well as the inaugural Philanthropy Honoree. The celebration consisted of a cocktail hour, live entertainment and a semi-formal program in the Hormel Theatre.

Billie Jo & Judd Herberger were the Presenting Sponsor, APS was the Nominee Reception Sponsor; SRP, the Evening Program Sponsor;  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, the Entertainment & Video Sponsor; J.W. Kieckhefer and Margaret T. Morris Foundations were the Artist Award Sponsor and Sonoran Glass School sponsored the Finalist & Shelley Awards as well as created centerpieces.

The Shelley Award, named after former Arizona Commission on the Arts Executive Director Shelley Cohn, is presented annually to recognize individuals who have advanced Arizona arts and culture through strategic and innovative leadership to create and support public policy beneficial to the arts in Arizona...Read More