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Raleigh Arts Announces 2021 Raleigh Medal of Arts Awards Celebration

A Program of Raleigh Arts

The City of Raleigh Arts Commission has selected five individuals and one organization to receive the 2020 Raleigh Medal of Arts, the City’s highest arts honor. These recipients will be recognized at a virtual awards celebration that debuts Tuesday, June 8 at 7 p.m. on the Raleigh Medal of Arts webpage and on the City of Raleigh YouTube channel. You can register on Eventbrite to receive reminders about the upcoming event.

Individual Awardees

  • Debra Austin, Founding Member and Ballet Master, Carolina Ballet
  • Betsy Buford, Cultural ambassador for Raleigh, Wake County and the state of North Carolina
  • Grant Llewellyn, Music Director, North Carolina Symphony
  • Eleanor Oakley, Executive Director, United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County (retired)
  • Jeremy Tucker, Artistic Director, Raleigh Boychoir

Medal of Arts “Arts Hero” Award

Organization RDU On Stage receives this award for its focused support for arts organizations, individual artists and community members during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and their informational and educational support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Learn more about the 2020 awardees

About Raleigh Arts

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



Belva Parker
Arts Program Director