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The Annie Awards recognize individuals in ten different categories who have made a lasting, significant and inspiring contribution to an art form, an arts organization and to the wider community of Anne Arundel County.  Nominations are accepted ONLINE through the Arts Council Website, by June 15th of each year, in preparation for the Annie Awards ceremony in October. If Nominations are lacking in a given category, the Arts Council reserves the right to postpone the Award to the following year.


Arts Patron
(Significant support for the arts through Advocacy, Education, Mentorship and/or Funding)

  1. Broad Support for the arts through service on the Boards of Multiple Organizations
  2. Significant Impact on the arts due to Leadership and Service
  3. Volunteer; Advocate
  4. Fund Raiser; Leader
  5. Serves locally, regionally, nationally

Arts Educator

(Educator, Administrator, Principal, Volunteer, Tutor)

  1. Creativity, new ideas, innovative programs
  2. Demographics served; impact on the community
  3. Longevity of service
  4. Academic Accomplishments; Peer Recognition; Training and credentials
  5. Scope of Influence recognized locally, regionally, nationally

Lifetime Achievement

 (Living or Posthumous)

  1. Lifetime of accomplishments in the arts
  2. Outstanding achievements
  3. Strong influence in the community
  4. Significant impact in area(s) of expertise
  5. Local, regional, national impact and recognition 

Literary Arts

(Poet, Journalist, Author, Playwright, Screenwriter, Published Story Teller)

  1. Number of works published/performed/produced
  2. Rating as a journalist, columnist, poet, etc.
  3. Self or national publisher
  4. Longevity of career
  5. Peer recognition; Name recogniton
  6. Literary Bloggers; Self-Published Authors

Performing Arts

(Musician, Dancer, Director, Conductor, Storyteller; Presenters; Comedian; Magician; Poet; Improv Master)

  1. Credits, quality of work
  2. Reviews, reputation
  3. Local, regional, national performances
  4. Provides growth, expansion for area of work
  5. Longevity

Visual Arts

(Painter, Sculptor, Printmaker, Weaver, Potter, Photographer, Film Maker; Digital Media; Muralist)

  1. Longevity of career
  2. Recognition as evidenced by Awards, Reviews
  3. Primary life’s work
  4. Significant Body of Work; Collections
  5. Public Impact through Exhibitions: Museums; Galleries; Festivals

Arts Philanthropist

  1. Significant and sustained charitable giving to local arts and cultural organizations
  2. Leadership in Charitable giving has produced a noteworthy impact for the community
  3. Collections or donations have greatly enhanced the local cultural aesthetic
  4.  Recognized locally, regionally, nationally

Historic Arts 

  1. Noteworthy contributions have greatly impacted the local community
  2. Writings or Accomplishments have had far reaching implications
  3. Published works locally, regionally, nationally
  4. Credentials, Awards, reviews & reputation

Arts Excellence in Leadership Award

  1. Displays outstanding levels of leadership and mentorship while practicing a high standard of ethics and professionalism
  2. Demonstrated track record as an Innovator evidenced by arts programming that is successful and unique
  3. Leads by example by promoting a work and service environment that is respectful and supportive of artists and members of the local arts community
  4. Strongly supports professional growth and development opportunities for their team
  5. Fosters an arts community that promotes diversity and is welcoming to all county residents

Maverick Award* – New in 2019 

  1. This award recipient will be selected at the discretion of the Arts Council Board President to recognize an unsung hero from the local arts community. Parameters are intentionally undefined to allow individuals who do not fit the guidelines of any of the aforementioned categories to be nominated for an Annie Award.

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