Creators Defining the Community By John Sarvay | July 19, 2011
Artists enrich the region’s cultural life with their words, art, film, photography, music, choreography and acting -- often without recognition.
These creative forces for change contribute to the community outside of their art and are advancing culture. For 14 years, Richmond magazine has recognized these artists with the Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts.
The Pollak Award was named for long-time Richmond artist Theresa Pollak. Pollak was instrumental in creation of VCU’s School of Arts.
Why a regional awards program for artists and creatives?
“Nobody else is really doing it in a cross discipline basis, it just needed to be done,” said Harry Kollatz, senior editor of Richmond magazine. Kollatz says that creative talent is a vital part of the region and the world would be a bit bleaker without it.
Readers of the magazine are asked to nominate artists for the award in multiple categories. Nominees are reviewed by a panel, made up of former honorees and art leaders. Honorees are recognized in a ceremony in October. The deadline for nominations is August 5.
For more information, visit Richmond magazine online.
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