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Annual Awards Programs

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Betty Siegel Universal Access and the Arts Award

The Betty Siegel Universal Access & the Arts Award recognizes the substantial achievements of Arts Learning Community for Universal Access members who complete all three years of the program.

Learn more about the Betty Siegel Universal Access and the Arts Award and program

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Gifts of Gold

More than 100 Wake County students ranging from kindergarteners to high school seniors are represented in the Gifts of Gold arts celebration each March. A visual component of the Pieces of Gold performing arts extravaganza, Gifts of Gold is a collaboration between Raleigh Arts, Wake County Public School System, and the WakeEd Partnership.

Learn more about Gifts of Gold

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Medal of Arts

The Raleigh Medal of Arts is awarded for extraordinary achievement in the practice or support of local arts. Based on the National Medal of Arts program, the Raleigh award was inaugurated in 1984 by the Raleigh Arts Commission.

Learn more about the Medal of Arts awardees

Arts Center Programs

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The arts centers provide a creative environment for a variety of programs including a gallery exhibit program and programs suited towards adults, youth, teens, and families including Sensory Friendly Creative Saturdays.

Piedmont Laureate Program

Piedmont Laureates Jaki Shelton Green(2009), Zelda Lockhart (2010), Scott Huler (2011), Ian Finley (2012), John Bemis (2013), Carrie Knowles (2014), James Maxey (2015), Katy Munger (2016), Mimi Herman (2017), Nancy Peacock (2018), David Merconi (2019), Tamara Kissane (2020), Kelly Starling Lyons (2021)

Each year, writers creating work in a selected literary genre such as poetry, novels, plays, and more can apply to be the Piedmont Laureate. The Laureate's activities include readings, workshops, and other public appearances.

Learn more about the Piedmont Laureate program

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