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 shines a spotlight on the arts in Alabama and on individuals who make significant and impactful contributions to our state’s rich cultural landscape. 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.

NOTE: Alabama State Council on the Arts has postponed the biennial Celebration of the Arts awards ceremony until 2022 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Originally scheduled for May 19, 2021, the ceremony will take place on May 18, 2022, at Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery.

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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.