Typically one of the year’s most anticipated soirees, this year’s Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s annual arts awards honors artists, businesses and community members who demonstrate exceptional skills, capabilities, and passion for arts and culture. With so much uncertainty surrounding when and how we’ll all be able to gather together again, CCGJ has announced that this year’s awards ceremony–which will take place Wednesday, Sept. 2–will be a “hybrid event” integrating “videos and interactive streaming.”

The theme of this year’s Arts Awards is Bridges: Connecting Arts, Business, and Community, which will serve to highlight the interconnectivity between the arts, business, and community as a key to a thriving city. The event will be live-streamed from the Jesse Ball DuPont Center and hosted by Tenikka Hughes, Action News Jax Anchor, and co-hosted by Al Emerick, Founder, ValueMapping. In addition to the award presentations, there will be dynamic performances, appearances by prominent members of the community, an online auction with trips, gift certificates and artwork by local artists and more.

Regardless of presentation, judging by the list of heavy hitting Northeast Florida impact players that make up this year’s nominee class, the 44th Annual Arts Awards will be absolutely be a can’t-miss event. Nominees include longtime friends of the mag and former subjects of Void Mag profiles Geexella, Mr. Al Pete, Shawana Brooks and Roosevelt Watson, Toni Smailagić, Nico, and many more. We at Void are honored to be nominated for the Small Business Award and even more humbled to be included among the full list of nominees.

Here’s full the list: 

Helen Lane Founders Award
Maria Hane
Jenny Hager
Shawana Brooks and Roosevelt Watson III

Robert Arleigh White Award for Advocacy
Toni Smailagić
Ulysses Owens

Art Educator
Amanda Holloway
Laurie Hoppock
Rebecca Levy

Business Award
JAA (Jacksonville Aviation Authority)
JTA (Jacksonville Transportation Authority)
VyStar Credit Union

Small Business Award
VOID Magazine
EU Jacksonville

Art of Giving
Tomas Vercher
Ted & Alexandra Stein
Mark Krancer

Art Innovator
Mr. Al Pete
Paul Bourcier
Nicole Radiez

Community Impact
Nicole Holderbaum
Marguerite Richardson
Basma Alawee

People’s Choice
Nikesha Williams
Word Revolt
Eleana Ohlander
William McMahon

While the awards show is free to the public, the event kicks of with Pre-Awards Cocktail Party, featuring a demo on how to make the official cocktail of the event, as well as performances, auction highlights, and a drawing for a seven-day Caribbean resort stay. REGISTER HERE. Tix are $25.

More on the CCGJ:

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s mission is to enrich life in Northeast Florida by investing in arts and culture. They serve as the official regranting and administrative agency for City of Jacksonville funding to arts and cultural organizations, as well as provide several
programs that benefit artists and arts and culture organizations of all disciplines.