Nomination Guidelines Award Categories Nomination Application Accessibility
The Raleigh Medal of Arts is awarded for transformative, imaginative, and innovative achievement in the practice or support of the local arts.
We've revised the program’s guidelines, eligibility and evaluation criteria and increased the variety of nominations. All of this is to better reflect the demographics of Raleigh and Wake County, a goal laid out in the City’s Strategic Plan.
The nomination application deadline for the 2022 Raleigh Medal of Arts has been extended through May 20. View the guidelines and submit an application below.
Questions? Watch the video recording of the Raleigh Medal of Arts Nomination Application Workshop.
Please review the guidelines below before submitting an application. You can also download the guidelines (PDF 217 KB).
Eligibility Criteria for Nominees
- Must be current or former residents of Raleigh or have conducted their affairs in Wake County. Organizations and projects nominated should be located in Raleigh or Wake County.
- Has significant recognition in their chosen field.
- Has a recognized body of work revealing his/her/their talent and skill.
- Individuals or organizations show evidence of having a strong commitment to Raleigh and the role that the arts plays in its quality of life.
Projects and Collaborations
- Projects or collaborations must have demonstrated community impact in Raleigh and/or Wake County and used unique methods which provided an innovative approach to the chosen art form.
- In this category only, the project or collaboration must have been presented and completed in the calendar years 2020 through 2021.
NOTE: Awards will not be given posthumously.
Who May Be Nominated
- Visual, literary, multimedia, performing artists, craftsmen, or designers who have achieved notable and/or recognizable excellence in their field.
- Visual, literary, multimedia, performing artists, craftsmen, or designers who have made a transformative contribution to their field and to the community at large.
- Individuals who have made an imaginative and/or immense contribution to the arts through volunteer service, advocacy, as journalists or critics, and/or financial support.
- Institutions, businesses, corporations, or organizations that have made an innovative and/or imaginative contribution to the arts through service, partnerships, advocacy, journalism, and/or financial support.
- Non-profit arts organizations that have achieved significant excellence in their art form or have made a memorable contribution to the arts.
Collaborations, Partnerships, and Projects
- Projects, public art installations, special performances, or events that have made a meaningful and/or transformative contribution to the arts in Raleigh.
- Organizations, partnerships, or groups that are breaking new ground in the arts field, whose contribution to the arts has been significant.
NOTE: Self-nominations are welcomed.
- Demonstrated impact in the community furthering the City’s vision to ensure everyone experiences the creative life they envision.
Community Arts, Outreach & Engagement
- Demonstrated community support and evidence of increasing access to the arts through unique presentations/productions. Raleigh residents were actively involved.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)
- Demonstrated efforts to further advance and highlight the diversity, equity and inclusion goals of the arts community.
Artists & Innovation
- Exhibits a new or visionary standard of making art and/or supporting the work of artists.
Projects, Individuals, and/or organizations that enhance and promote active art and cultural life throughout the community..
Projects, Individuals and organizations that expand youth arts participation.
Leadership in ensuring equity, access, and inclusion in all cultural programming.
Creativity & Innovation
Exemplary artists, arts, and cultural organizations doing creative and innovative work in Raleigh and beyond.
Public Art & Creative Placemaking
Individuals and organizations who enhance the vitality of Raleigh's neighborhoods and districts through public art and/or thoughtful creative placemaking.
Leadership in the Arts
Individuals and organizations who enhance arts leadership and governance through work in the arts and cultural sector.
Raising Awareness of the Arts
Individuals and organizations who work to expand awareness of the arts, connect the creative community and/or do dynamic work in advocacy, marketing and promotion of the arts and artists.
Funding & Philanthropy
Leadership in supporting the arts and in encouraging financial support of artists, art, and arts organizations.
Awards are made based on project merit, as determined by the selection criteria. Awards are not necessarily made in every category, nor are there a predetermined number of awards in a category in any given year.
All nominations must be submitted electronically by Friday, May 20, 2022, at 5 p.m. EST. View the Call for Nominations Checklist (PDF 237 KB) to ensure you've collected all necessary materials before applying.
The Raleigh Arts Nomination Application Workshop, led by Rita Lewis, discusses the Raleigh Medal of Arts nomination process and includes a review of the updated guidelines, the newly revised nomination form, and tips on how to write a strong narrative. Download Rita Lewis' workshop handout and watch a recording of the workshop below.
The Raleigh Arts Commission is committed to making the application process accessible to people with disabilities. Guidelines and application forms can be made available in alternate formats upon request. Raleigh Arts is available for guidance in preparing nominations. Please contact Belva.Parker@raleighnc.gov or call 919-996-4683.