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ArtsQuest Accepting Nominations for 2020 Linny Awards

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Winners to be Honored Nov. 12 at SteelStacks

BETHLEHEM, PA—The ArtsQuest Foundation invites the public to submit nominations for the 5th annual Linny Awards, the multi-discipline arts awards that celebrate the extraordinary contributions made by the region’s artists, educators, businesses, volunteers and philanthropists. From now through April 13, nominations are being accepted for visual, literary and performing artists, as well as arts educators who have made significant contributions to the arts through their work.

The 2020 Linny Award categories open for submissions include:

• Visual Artist of the Year
• Performing Artist of the Year
• Emerging Artist of the Year
• Arts Educator of the Year
• Student Artist Scholarship Award

Any individual, business or community group interested in nominating a person for the Linny Awards can do so at www.artsquestfoundation.org/linnyawards. Winners will be selected by the official Linny Awards jurying panel, with the winners announced in mid-June.

In addition to the awards made by the jurying panel, the ArtsQuest Foundation will present five awards to distinguished individuals from the region for their longtime commitment and dedication to the arts:

• The Pinnacle of the Arts Award
• Philanthropy in the Arts Award
• Lifetime Achievement Award
• Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Award
• Business Supporter of the Arts Award

The winners of these awards will be announced in spring.

“The excitement for the Linny Awards continues to grow with each year, with a capacity crowd attending the event last year to celebrate the leaders of our thriving arts community,” says ArtsQuest Foundation Executive Director Jane George. “We are thrilled to once again honor our artists, volunteers, educators and businesses who are helping to make a difference in our region’s arts scene. If you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their work, or their support of the arts, we invite you to nominate them for one of the 2020 awards.”

All 2020 Linny Award winners will be honored during the Linny Awards ceremony Nov. 12 at Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling, located in the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Previous Linny Award winners include Academy Award-winning costume designer Ann Roth, actor and director Daniel Roebuck, renowned artist Emil Lukas, actor and producer Daniel Dae Kim, actress and comedian Kate Micucci, 2019 Musikfest poster artist Jessica Bastidas, David Yanoshik of St. Luke’s University Health Network, philanthropists Robert and Cindy Oster and four-time Pulitzer Prize winner Carol Guzy.

ArtsQuest also has select opportunities for sponsors who are interested in saluting the ‘rock stars’ of the Lehigh Valley’s arts scene. If you or your company are interested in sponsoring an award or table at the 2020 awards ceremony, contact ArtsQuest Foundation Executive Director Jane George at jgeorge@artsquest.org.

Named after the late Marlene ‘Linny’ Fowler, a stained-glass artist and community leader who supported artists and arts organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley for more than a quarter century, the Linny Awards are designed to recognize and celebrate the region’s flourishing arts community. The Linnys are open to individuals living or working in Lehigh, Northampton, upper Bucks and upper Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania, as well as Warren County in New Jersey.

Proceeds from the Linny Awards go to support the nonprofit ArtsQuest Foundation, which Fowler helped found in 2003. The foundation is focused on supporting and strengthening the long-term sustainability of ArtsQuest, the nonprofit that presents Musikfest and more than 4,000 other programs, events and educational classes annually for our region.
For complete information on the foundation and the Linny Awards, please visit www.artsquestfoundation.org.