2017 Annual Arts Awards – June 22, 2017

Each year at the Arts Council’s Arts Awards and Membership Meeting, we recognize members of Augusta’s vibrant arts community who stand out for their dedication to and standard of excellence in the arts. Award Nominations are made by community members and chosen by committee.

This year’s event will be held on June 22, 2017, 6PM at the Enterprise Mill Events Center, 1450 Greene St.  Tickets for the Arts Awards will be available soon. Sign up for our newsletter for updates.




The Volunteer Award is given to an arts volunteer (must be associated with the arts organization in an unpaid capacity) who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to support an arts organization.

Examples: leaders of performing/exhibiting groups; community arts advocates; community arts organizers; arts event organizers; organization assistants

Arts Professional

This award is given to an individual who has achieved exemplary administrative achievement in the arts community of the River Region via his or her professional job as an organization’s leader or administrator.

Examples: Directors of organizations; arts promoters; arts workers; arts instructors; development personnel; grant writers; other types of employees of arts organizations

Individual Artist

This award recognizes exemplary artistic achievement in any arts discipline by a professional or semi-professional artist in the River Region. This winner is one who is dedicated to excellence and growth in their field and achieves recognition above and beyond the River Region.

Examples: Visual artists, musicians, dancers, actors, writers, choreographers

Media – Corporate or Individual

The Media award is given to a newspaper, television station, radio station, magazine or individual that has demonstrated extraordinary support for community arts activities by providing outstanding media coverage of the arts community.


A business/individual honored in this category provides significant financial support for the arts.


2016 Arts Awards

2016 Volunteer of the Year, Linda Scales, with her family


President’s Award:

Steve Walpert, Director of Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre and Entertainment Program

Artist Award:

Henry Wynn, local musician and artist

Arts Professional Award:

Patricia Meyers, Augusta University Professor of voice, opera, music literature and history courses, and humanities

Volunteer Award:

Linda Scales, founder and Board President for Jessye Norman School of the Arts

Sponsor Award:

Beasley Media Group

Media Award:

Drew Dawson, Station Manager and Host of GPB Augusta 90.7FM.