Celebration of the Arts Awards - 2019 Honorees

Top Row (left to right): Elmore and Jim Inscoe (Montgomery), Jonnie Dee Riley Little Lifetime Achievement Award; Martha Reeves (Eufaula/Detroit, MI), Alabama Distinguished Artist Award; and Mayor Tommy Battle (Huntsville), the first recipient of the Albert B. Head Council Legacy Award. Middle Row (left to right): Kyes Stevens (Auburn/Waverly), Governor's Arts Award; (Frye Galliard (Mobile), Governor's Arts Award; and Yvonne Wells (Tuscaloosa) Governor's Arts Award. Third Row (left to right): Sudha Raghuram (Montgomery) Alabama Folk Heritage Award; and an image of the event crowd in the lobby of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Montgomery).

The “Celebration of the Arts Awards” program recognizes Alabama artists for their work and contribution to the arts in Alabama, across the United States, and beyond. Nominations may include professional artists, businesspersons, arts volunteers, arts patrons, arts administrators, legislators, arts educators and others noted for promoting the arts in Alabama.

The basic criteria for a selection and an honor are the level of achievement in and/or support for the arts in Alabama. The event is held every other year, with years ending in odd numbers.

NOTE: The 2021 Celebration of the Arts Awards is scheduled for Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Awards are given in the following categories:

History of the Arts Award Program

For a detailed look at the history of our Arts Award program, click here.

How to Nominate

The Council welcomes nominations for the Arts Award program. For arts awards nominations criteria and a fillable PDF nominations form, click here.