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Annual Awards Programs

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.

Honorees have successfully improved the accessibility of their organizations through multiple projects and initiatives over the years. They are also recognized as arts community resources, sharing their knowledge and engaging their arts and cultural peers, as well as others, around the topic of accessibility in the arts.

Date Honorees
  • Hilary Leggette - Gregg Museum of Art & Design at N.C. State University
  • Liani Yirka - North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Courtney Wheeler - PineCone, Piedmont Council of Traditional Music
  • Jamie Katz Court - PineCone, Piedmont Council of Traditional Music
  • Julia Meder - Sertoma Arts Center
  • Gab Smith - CAM Raleigh
  • Megan Sullivan - Artspace

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 the Office of Raleigh Arts, Wake County Public Schools and the Wake Education Partnership.

Medal of Arts

The City of Raleigh Arts Commission has selected six individuals and two organizations to receive the 2018 Raleigh Medal of Arts, the City's highest arts honor, the Office of Raleigh Arts announced today.

The individual awardees are Jerome Merritt Davis, company co-founder and director, Burning Coal Theatre; jazz musician, advocate and educator Gregg Gelb; Freddie Lee Heath, dancer, choreographer and arts educator; Martha Needels Keravuori, Arts leader, non-profit arts executive and volunteer; Dr. Jonathan Kramer, classical cellist, music scholar and teacher, and Dr. Fran Page, Meredith Professor Emeritus, founder and conductor of the Capital City Girls Choir.   The medals for extraordinary achievement in the arts by an organization will be presented to The Dix Park Conservancy, a nonprofit that exists to support the creation and long-term success of Dorothea Dix Park, and Pinecone, The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music.
The City of Raleigh Medal of Arts Awards, featuring special guests and performances, will be held on November 13, 2018 in the Fletcher Opera Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Details will be announced at a later date.
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 so that excellence in the arts could be given special recognition. Over the past 34 years, 152 medals have been awarded.

The City of Raleigh Arts Commission selected six individuals and two organizations to receive the 2018 Raleigh Medal of Arts, the City's highest arts honor.

Piedmont Laureate Program

The Piedmont Laureate Program, co-sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, has as its primary goal "to promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts throughout the Piedmont region."

The Piedmont Laureate is appointed for one year. Each year, the program is open to writers creating work in a selected literary genre such as poetry, novels, plays and more. The Laureate's activities include readings, workshops and other public appearances.

Arts Center Programs

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.

Pullen Arts Center
Sertoma Arts Center

Sensory Friendly Creative Saturdays

Sensory Friendly Creative Saturdays are every second Saturday of each month. This free drop-in format series allows attendees to create a masterpiece in the setting of their choosing with the help of Sertoma Arts Center staff.

Sensory Friendly Creative Saturdays will offer accessible accommodations for individuals with Sensory Processing Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The Arts Center will provide an accepting and inclusive environment, modifications to sound and lighting, noise-canceling headsets, and a quiet room.

All ages and abilities welcome. Add Sensory Friendly Creative Saturdays to your calendar.

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