Woman on stage receiving an award at the Medal of Arts ceremony

Raleigh Arts Issues Medal of Arts Call for Nominations

Raleigh Arts

The City of Raleigh Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 2020 Medal of Arts awards, the City’s highest arts honor. Nominations should describe extraordinary artistic achievement or support of the arts by an individual, group, or project collaboration. The 2020 Medal of Arts awards will be presented to recipients in a ceremony at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, June 1, 2020, at midnight.

View guidelines and the nomination form for the 2020 Medal of Arts awards.

To celebrate artistic excellence and extraordinary arts achievement, the City’s Arts Commission initiated the awards program in 1984 based on the National Medal of Arts program. In all, the City has recognized 164 individuals, groups, and businesses with a prestigious Medal of Art.

The Medal of Arts awards was last issued in 2018. Winners that year were:

  • Jerome Davis
  • Dr. Fran M. Page
  • Freddie Lee Heath
  • Dr. Gregg Gelb
  • Martha Needels Keravuori
  • Dr. Jonathan C. Kramer
  • The Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy
  • PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music

About Raleigh Arts

Raleigh Arts fosters and promotes the arts in Raleigh by administering the programs of the Raleigh Arts Commission and the Public Art and Design Board, and supporting the Pullen and Sertoma arts centers. Raleigh Arts is a part of the City’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.




Belva Parker
Arts Program Director