Mayor’s Arts Awards Moved to November – Nomination deadline extended to July 30

Lincoln, NE (June 29, 2021) The 43rd annual Mayor’s Arts Awards celebration, originally scheduled for October, has been moved to mid-November.  The event is presented by the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC).  Nominations may be submitted using the online form at, and the new deadline is July 30.  More information is available by calling the LAC at 402-434-2787.  A panel of community members will select the winners for these awards:

  • The Outstanding Arts Organization Award recognizes an arts group that has made significant contributions to Lincoln’s arts community over a period of years.
  • The Artistic Achievement Award – Visual Arts recognizes excellence and accomplishment in any of the visual arts, including theatre and film.
  • The Artistic Achievement Award – Youth recognizes excellence and accomplishment in any arts discipline by a young person age 18 or younger.
  • The Artistic Achievement Award – Performing Arts recognizes excellence and accomplishment in any of the performing arts, including film.
  • The Artistic Achievement Award – Literary Arts recognizes excellence and accomplishment in any literary form.
  • The Gladys Lux Education Award recognizes special initiatives in or dedication to arts education.
  • The Legacy of the Arts Award recognizes an individual age 55 and up actively involved in creating, teaching, sharing or inspiring artistic expression in any discipline.
  • The Heart of the Arts Award recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding volunteer dedication to the arts or for making a major overall impact on the arts in Lincoln.
  • The ArtScene Backstage Award recognizes extraordinary service to the arts through behind-the-scenes efforts.
  • The Outstanding Event Award recognizes a performance, exhibition or project in the previous year (2020-21) that will be notable in the community memory for years to come because of its content or cultural significance.  Virtual events are eligible.
  • The Benefactor of the Arts Award honors an individual, family, organization or business making significant financial contributions to the arts.
  • The Lincoln Community Foundation Arts for Kids Award honors an individual or organization from outside the arts professions whose leadership has enhanced arts activities and experiences for children.

Nominators are asked to select a category or categories they feel would be most appropriate for their nominees, but the judges may consider the nominee for other categories as well.  Nomination forms from the previous year are automatically resubmitted, and updates are accepted.  A list of previous winners is available at

The public is encouraged to submit names of members of the arts community who have died since the last awards ceremony in October 2020 for memorial recognition.

Those interested in sponsorships for the event may contact the LAC at 402-434-2787.

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