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Raleigh Medal of Arts

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Program History 2024 Raleigh Medal of Arts Nominations Due April 30 2022 Raleigh Medal of Arts Awards

Based on the National Medal of Arts program and inaugurated by the Raleigh Arts Commission in 1984, the Raleigh Medal of Arts is awarded for transformative, imaginative, and innovative achievement in the practice or support of the local arts.

Program History

Since 1984, Raleigh Arts has awarded 164 Medals to the artists, performers, organizations, and visionary leaders who have worked to make Raleigh a vibrant, connected, and creative City.

In 2022, the program’s guidelines, eligibility, and evaluation criteria were revised in addition to an increase in the variety of nominations and the creation of award categories. The award now better reflects the demographics of Raleigh and Wake County, a goal laid out in the City’s strategic arts plan.

Award Categories

  • Community Arts
  • Youth Arts
  • Belonging in the Arts
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Public Art & Creative Placemaking
  • Leadership in the Arts
  • Raising Awareness of the Arts
  • Funding & Philanthropy

Awards are made based on 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.

2024 Raleigh Medal of Arts Nominations Due April 30

Raleigh Arts will accept 2024 Raleigh Medal of Arts Awards nominations starting March 4, 2024. The application deadline is Friday, April 30, 2024. View the guidelines and submit an application

2022 Raleigh Medal of Arts Awards

Medal of Arts award which reads City of Raleigh North Carolina Arts Commission

The 2022 Raleigh Medal of Arts awardees were selected by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, with six of the eight award categories represented. 

Learn more about and watch the 2022 Raleigh Medal of Arts Awards

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