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ArtsWestchester Seeks Nominations for 2012 Awards

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – ArtsWestchester is looking for local input on which Westchester artists and organizations deserve to earn one of the nonprofit’s 2012 Arts Awards.

Joseph Oates, the president of the ArtsWestchester Board, described the awards as a way to gauge how art contributes to the quality of life enjoyed in Westchester.

“Awardees can be an artist who is nationally acclaimed, or someone who has used the arts as a vehicle to empower and enrich people in a small school or community site,” Oates said in a statement. “The impact the arts have can be measured in many ways. But even more importantly, by recognizing the accomplishments of these individuals and organizations, we pause for a moment and become aware of how much the arts mean to the quality of life here in Westchester County.”

Nomination forms are available online and will be accepted until Dec. 2. Anyone who lives, works, or has some connection to Westchester is eligible.

Award categories include: an arts patron award will be given to someone who has made significant contributions through leadership and philanthropic activities, an artist whose achievements are nationally-recognized, an arts organization that has helped sustain Westchester’s art scene over the years, a community award for people or organizations that have used art to enhance their community, and an education award for those who have improved arts education in the county.

A panel of local artists and community leaders will review nominations and pass recommendations along to the art council’s board of trustees’ arts award committee. The awards will be presented at a luncheon this spring.

For more information please contact Eric Siegel at (914) 428-4220 X 272 or esiegel@artswestchester.org .

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