Friday, March 18, 2011

Tucson: Lumie Award Nominations due April 7


From: Donna Kreutz []
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2011 7:11 PM
Subject: Award Nominations due April 7 for Businesses, Individuals, Organizations




Contact: Sally Krommes, TPAC Public Art & Event Coordinator, (520) 624-0595 Ext. 16 or




 TUCSON, AZ – It’s time to honor the outstanding arts luminaries of Tucson and Pima County – those dedicated and visionary individuals, organizations and businesses that create and cultivate arts and culture in this community. The deadline for nominations for the 2011 Lumie Arts Awards is April 7.

 This award event, informally known as the Lumies, is presented by the Tucson Pima Arts Council “to honor and rejuvenate our arts leaders through celebration and public recognition,” said Robert Bedoya, executive director of TPAC. 

 This is the 11th year that the arts council has presented these awards, originally known as Tucson Pima Arts & Business Awards. The Lumies are presented by TPAC in partnership with the business government and arts community.

“Southern Arizona is home to a wellspring of creative activity.  Our artists, arts organizations, arts patrons (both individual and corporate), along with the arts and cultural programming of countless community, educational and social services agencies, touch the lives of thousands of residents and visitors every year. The arts substantially strengthen our economy and greatly improve our quality of life,” he said

 There will be nine Lumie awards for presented in these categories:

Ø       Emerging Artist

Ø       Arts Educator

Ø       Arts Patron

Ø       Arts Education Organization

Ø       Emerging Arts Organization (less than 10 years)

Ø       Established Arts Organization (10 years or older)

Ø       Small Business Partner (fewer than 50 employees)

Ø       Large Business Partner (more than 50 employees)

Ø       Lifetime Achievement

 Nomination forms and criteria are available on the TPAC website at or at the TPAC office in the Pioneer Building downtown at 100 N. Stone Ave. Suite 303.

 The Lumies will be held Thursday, June 9. As in previous years, the event will be presented at a venue with architectural and cultural history – the El Casino Ballroom, a community hub for South Tucson since 1947. The ballroom is located at 437 E. 26th Street in South Tucson. The evening features music by The Jons, well known for their blazing horn section and ability to rock in both English and Spanish.

 Tickets to the 7 p.m. awards event are $35 when purchased online at or $45 at the door. For sponsors and others who want to meet the nominees, there is a VIP happy hour at 6 p.m. for $60 per person, including drinks and the awards event. Table sponsorships also are available. Call TPAC for details at (520) 624-0595, Ext. 16.



TPAC has served as the arts agency for both the City of Tucson and Pima County for more than 25 years. TPAC awards grants, oversees public art programs, offers professional development services to artists and arts leaders, and maintains a roster of teaching artists for community projects and public art. TPAC also partners with Americans for the Arts on economic impact research and implements community-based cultural development projects with the Kresge Foundation and Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. For more information call (520) 624-0595 or visit



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