Annual Arts Awards

Each year, the Georgia Arts Network recognizes outstanding organizations and individuals within our state’s arts community with a set of awards. Take a look at some of our previous winners.

Find out more about the StART Awards, Paula Vaughn Lifetime Achievement, and Sam Goldman Awards. Nomination information will be made available on this site prior to the awards.



The StART Award
The Georgia Arts network annually recognizes outstanding achievements in the community arts field with its StART Award. One organization’s program is selected each year and recognized at the annual conference. Nominations are accepted for programs, special projects and activities of remarkable merit that have had a recognizable impact on the community where they have occurred.

StART Award nomination Requirements:
1. Nominations must come from a member of the Georgia Arts Network. For membership information, please click here.
2. Nominations may come from an organization itself or from an outside agency or individual.
3. Nominations should list: Name of Organization, Director and/or President, Contact Person, Mailing Address, telephone number, email and website.
4. Nominations should include a narrative (not to exceed 3 pages) about the organization and project that fully addresses the following:

  • Describe who was impacted by the program, project or organization. (i.e. target participants, audience)
  • Describe what significant difference the program has had on the community in terms of broadening the understanding and appreciation of the arts or in creating a new role for the organization or community.
  • Explain how the program expanded and enriched the mission of the organization.
  • Describe how the program and organization established new partnership or inspired a partnering organization to develop a significant arts event or accomplishment.

Please keep in mind that the nominated organization and project must be significantly creative, unique in concept and unusual in its implementation—in other words, going beyond “business as usual.”

A letter of evidence to support for the nomination may be included as well as other support materials.



The Paula Vaughn Community Arts Lifetime Achievement Award

The Paula Vaughn Community Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards is presented to an individual(s) who have supported the visual and performing arts in their community and at the state level in Georgia over a period of at least 10 years. Following the example of Paula Vaughn, the recipient of this award must have left an impression on the arts in their community through their vision, leadership and dedication, and through their support of the arts and arts organizations in our state.

This award is presented once per year at the annual meeting of the Georgia Arts Network. Eligible candidates include any arts volunteer, professional, or patron serving in the performing and visual arts in Georgia. Nominations will be reviewed and selected by members of the Executive board for the Georgia Arts Network.

1. Nominations must come from a member of the Georgia Arts Network. For membership information, please click here.
2. Nominations may come from an organization or from an individual.
3. Submit a narrative (up to 3 pages) explaining why you feel the nominee has given exceptionally to the arts in his or his community and to the state.



Sam Goldman Awards
As a longstanding member of the Atlanta Arts Community and Georgia Arts Network Board member, Sam Goldman had a great passion for the arts and the Callanwolde Arts Center. Upon his passing in 2012, the Georgia Arts Network established a series of awards centered around those things Sam fought so hard to keep alive in the arts.
Each year at least one award will be given in Sam Goldman’s name. In 2015, this award will go to an outstanding volunteer in the arts. Volunteers are the life blood of any arts organization. Without their time, dedication and passion for our arts programs, excellent pro-grams would never get off the ground. The Sam Goldman Volunteer of the Year award is for outstanding contributions to a program, facility or event within the last 12 months.

1. Nominations must come from a member of the Georgia Arts Network. For membership information, please click here.
2. Nominations may come from an organization or from an individual.
3. Nominations should include a narrative (up to 2 pages) that includes number of hours given, unique circumstances, and overall attitude of the volunteer nominated.


Previous Years – Award Winners

Arts Advocate Award
2015: Senator Frank Ginn
2015: Representative Ron Stephens

Kaleidoscope/StART Awards:
2005:  The Art Place – Mountain View
2005:  Synchronicity Theatre for Playmaking for Girls program
2007:  The Art Place – Mountain View, for Hands of Time program
2009:  The Art Factory, for the Art @ School program
2010:  Athens-Clarke County Department of Leisure Services Arts Division for it Arts Unleashed program
2011:  Art Station & Stone Mountain Village Arts for their Incubator Microenterprise Project
2012:  Sautee Nacoochee Community Association for the Headwaters program
2013:  Gwinnett County Public Libraries for their Fall Into the Arts program series

Paula Vaughn Lifetime Achievement:
2009:  Lisa Mount
2010:  Syd Blackmarr
2011:  Veronica Njoku
2012:  Lisa Cremin
2013:  Allen Bell

Georgia Arts Network Board Awards:
2014: Fulton County Arts & Culture