We want to thank everyone that submitted nominations for these wonderful individuals and organizations that do so much for arts and culture in Arizona and deserve to be recognized.

Artist Award

This award recognizes an Arizona artist of significant merit, leadership or reputation whose creations or contributions enrich the state and the field of the arts. This category is open to artists of all artistic disciplines.

Craig Bohmler, Scottsdale

Yvonne Montoya, Tucson

Scott Spenner, Phoenix

Michael Vax, Dewey

Rashaad Thomas, Phoenix

Julia Chacon, Inspiracion Flamenca, Phoenix

Bobb Cooper, Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

Liliana Gomez, Liliana Gomez Dance, Phoenix

Ron May, Stray Cat Theatre, Phoenix

Bobby Zokaites, Tempe

 

Arts in Education | Individual

This award recognizes, educators, teaching artists, school administrators or school volunteers that have demonstrated significant support or participation in activities which foster excellence in, appreciation of, or access to arts education in the State of Arizona.

Julian Ackerley, Tucson Boys Chorus, Tucson

Eli Burke, Tucson

Jennifer Cafarella, Convergence Ballet, Phoenix

Heidi Cocco, Greenway Middle School, Phoenix

Edith Eubank, Scottsdale

Milagros Zingonie, Mesa

Erica Herman, Casa Grande

Aldie Lopez, Rosie's House, Phoenix

Rich Tate, Bisbee

Karen Rolston, Mesa

Monica Sauer Anthony, Arizona School for the Arts, Phoenix

Marianna Pegno, Tucson

 

Arts in Education | Organization

This award recognizes a nonprofit arts organization or a school that has demonstrated significant support for or participation in activities fostering excellence in, appreciation of, or access to arts education in the State of Arizona.

Act One, Phoenix

Arts for All, Inc., Tucson

Hilltop Gallery & Arts Education Center, Nogales

Phoenix Children’s Chorus, Phoenix

Scottsdale Arts; Scottsdale

Sonoran Glass School, Tucson

Sounds Academy, Phoenix

Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Flagstaff

Young Arts Arizona Ltd., Phoenix

City of Sedona’s Artist in the Classroom Program, Sedona

 

Business | Small

This award recognizes small, private businesses (1-99 employees), that have demonstrated significant support locally or statewide, through a contribution of time, energy, personnel, expertise and/or financial support or by participation in activities which foster excellence in, appreciation of, or access to the arts.

Benner-Nawman, Inc., Wickenburg

Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix

Manley Films and Media, Phoenix

Business | Large

This award recognizes large, private businesses (100+ employees), that have demonstrated significant support locally or statewide, through a contribution of time, energy, personnel, expertise and/or financial support or by participation in activities which foster excellence in, appreciation of, or access to the arts.

Desert Financial Credit Union, Phoenix

Nationwide, Scottsdale

The Storytellers Project – Phoenix and Tucson

 

Community

This award recognizes an organization that has demonstrated significant support or participation in activities which foster excellence in, appreciation of, or access to arts in the State of Arizona.

City of Yuma

East Valley Children’s Theatre, Mesa

Flagstaff Community Band, Flagstaff

Littlewood fine Art & Community Co-Op, Yuma

Peoria Arts & Cultural Festival, Glendale

Phoenix Center for the Arts, Phoenix

PSA Art Awakenings, Phoenix

Scottsdale Philharmonic, Scottsdale

Southwest Shakespeare Company, Mesa

The Heard Museum Guild, Phoenix

Vision of Vets, Prescott Valley

WHAM Arts Organization, Surprise

 

Individual

This award recognizes an individual for significant contributions to the arts in Arizona in the areas of arts leadership and personal commitment of time and talent.

Ted Decker, Phoenix

Michael Fenlason, Tucson

John Fontana, Scottsdale

Mark Mettes, Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

Hope Ozer, Paradise Valley

Georg Stangelberger, Phoenix Boys Choir; Phoenix

Vincent VanVleet, Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

Philanthropy

This award recognizes extraordinary philanthropic leadership through the contribution of financial resources to non-profit arts and culture organizations, and by encouraging the philanthropic support of others.

Susan and Bill Ahearn, Phoenix

James and Louise Glasser, Tucson