The Annie Awards recognize individuals in 9 different categories listed below 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 will be accepted from any member of the Anne Arundel County community through August 15, 2021.

Note – if nominations are lacking in a given category, the Arts Council reserves the right to postpone the award to the following year.

Please read through the following guidelines HERE before beginning your nomination form.


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

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 recognition
  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

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

Excellence in Arts Leadership 

  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

Lifetime Achievement in the Arts
 (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 

Arts Maverick

  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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