2018 Nominations


  1. Category Descriptions
  2. Restrictions
  3. Required Materials
    1. Contact Information Form
    2. Letter of Nomination
  4. How the Selection Process Works
  5. Where to Send a Nomination

Deadline:  Nominations for the 2018 awards must be emailed, postmarked or hand-delivered by Friday, April 28, 2017


  • ARTS IN EDUCATION – open to individuals and institutions whose primary function is arts education. May include: arts educators (teachers, consultants, principals, administrators), schools, school districts, college/university arts departments, etc.
  • ORGANIZATION – open to organizations who contribute to the advancement and/or support of the arts. May include: arts discipline organizations, arts councils, arts advocacy groups, guilds, arts departments of organizations, educational institutions, etc.
  • GOVERNMENT – open to agencies and institutions generally described as units of state, county or municipal governments that have served their communities in outstanding ways through the arts, OR elected or appointed officials who, in their official capacities, have demonstrated notable support for the arts through leadership and public policy.
  • BUSINESS/FOUNDATION – open to individuals, or companies and foundations whose participation, support, and/or contributions have benefited the maintenance and growth of the arts.
  • INDIVIDUAL – open to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional achievement and impact through their leadership, support, and advancement of the arts. May include: arts professionals such as managers, administrators; arts supporters such as patrons, promoters, donors, etc.
  • INDIVIDUAL ARTIST – open to artists of exceptional talent and creativity, in any discipline, whose contribution to the arts has helped guide and influence directions, trends and aesthetic practices.

Arts In Wilmington may choose not to present an award in a particular category in a given year. In addition to the above categories, Arts In Wilmington may choose to give Special Awards for achievements falling outside the defined categories.


  • Staff of Arts In Wilmington and members of their immediate families are not eligible for nomination;
  • Nominees must be living at the time of their nomination;
  • Past recipients of The Arts In Wilmington Awards are not eligible for nomination for 10 years following their award.

Required Material

#1:  Contact Information Form / Click Here for Contact Information Form (PDF)  

Please provide all requested information about the nominee and the person submitting the nomination. Please check the appropriate category for the nomination (see Category Descriptions).

#2:  Letter of Nomination

The nomination letter should describe the nominee’s exemplary contributions to the arts. It should be no more than three (one-sided) typed pages, using 12-point type, and should address any characteristics included in the Category Descriptions. It should include specific examples and relevant data wherever possible. The letter should be structured to answer the following questions:

  • What makes the nominee superior or extraordinary?
  • How has the nominee demonstrated leadership in the arts?
  • What exceptional achievements or contributions has the nominee made, and what has been their impact?
  • What other information about the nominee is important to know as they are considered for the award?

Nomination letters should be addressed to:

The Arts In Wilmington Awards Committee

8638 Grayson Park Drive, Wilmington, North Carolina  28411

The nomination letter may be in MS Word or PDF format.

How the Selection Process Works

Arts In Wilmington releases a call for The Arts In Wilmington Awards nominations. The nomination guidelines and forms are posted on the Arts In Wilmington website and are also available in print upon request.

Arts In Wilmington appoints a diverse selection committee to review the nominations and make recommendations. Members of the selection committee may include artists, arts professionals, educators, members of the business community, government, citizens at large and others. The composition of the selection committee changes each year.

Copies of the nomination forms and letters are sent to each member of the selection committee for their review in advance of the committee’s meeting. After its initial review of all the nominations received, the selection committee may choose to request additional information or materials in support of the nomination. Types of additional materials may include resumes, letters of support, work samples, media materials, publications or images. These materials should only be submitted if requested by the committee.

The committee will recommend a slate of honorees. Notification of award recipients should take place by August 2017.

The awards ceremony and related events are scheduled for January 2018.

Where to Send a Nomination

The contact information form and nomination letter must be emailed, postmarked or hand-delivered by April 28, 2017.

Mail or deliver to:

The Arts In Wilmington Awards Committee

8638 Grayson Park Drive, Wilmington, North Carolina 28411

Email to Craig Stinson at:  craig@artsinwilmington.com

Questions:  Contact Craig Stinson at 910-524-2679 or craig@artsinwilmington.com