Graphic courtesy Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County

County Executive Isaiah Leggett has issued his call for nominations for the 2018 County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.

This is the 17th year for the awards, considered to be the most prestigious honors the county confers on “individual artists, scholars, organizations and cultural patrons.”

The awards will be presented during ceremonies to be held Monday, Oct. 29, at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave. on the Takoma/Silver Spring Campus.

Locally, previous winners include Ricardo Loaiza of the After School Dance Fund, Inc., and CREATE Arts Center.

The award categories are as follows:

Education Award

  • An individual educator, team, or educational organization that has made a major contribution to the education of youth or adult populations through the arts and/or humanities.

Community Award

  • An arts or humanities organization, team, or an individual in a leadership position with an arts or humanities organization, that has made a major contribution to building a stronger community and improving the quality of life in Montgomery County through the organization’s arts and/or humanities programs and services.

Volunteer Award

  • An individual or team who has made a major contribution to the arts or humanities in Montgomery County as a volunteer.

Outstanding Artist or Scholar Award

  • An individual working in an arts or humanities discipline as a practicing artist or scholar, either paid or unpaid, whose work has made a major contribution to the cultural life of Montgomery County. Examples include a visual artist, performer, musician, historian, playwright or poet.

Business or Individual Patron Award

  • A business, company, corporation, company foundation, team, or an individual that has set an exemplary standard of support for the arts and humanities in Montgomery County. Nominees may be long-time supporters or a new supporter that has made a significant contribution. Support may include cash or in-kind donations.

Emerging Leader Award

  • A young leader in an arts or humanities organization who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovative thinking and a commitment to advancing the county’s arts and humanities.

The deadline for nominations is July 15 and nominations should be submitted here.

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County Executive Issues Call for Arts Awards Nominations

County Executive Issues Call for Arts Awards Nominations

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
County Executive Issues Call for Arts Awards Nominations