Arts Council Napa Valley (ACNV) is accepting nominations for the 2015 Arts Hero Award, which recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Napa County, as a leader and advocate. All residents or employees of Napa County, with the exception of past honorees and current ACNV board and staff, are eligible.

“It is important for us to celebrate our heroes and the example they set,” said ACNV President and CEO Olivia Everett. “A hero, for us, is someone whose character and achievements exemplify a dedication to the arts and community, having made a significant impact for the field. I encourage you to take a moment to nominate someone who has forwarded access to, support for, excellence in, and/or innovation of arts and culture in Napa County.”

In 2013, the first Arts Hero honor was awarded to local developer Harry T. Price, whose leadership helped to open doors for the arts in tourism as well as public and private development. Price served on the ACNV board of directors from 2007 to 2012 and has been, for many years, a prominent voice in the business community for supporting the arts, aiding in the establishment of the city of Napa’s Percent for the Arts Ordinance, Napa Valley Arts in April and NapaValleyCollection.com. Starting in 2015, the Arts Hero award will be an annual program and the honoree nominated through an open public call and final selection made by the ACNV Award Committee.

Nominations for the 2015 Arts Hero Award are open online and will be accepted through March 20. To submit a nomination visit ArtsCouncilNapaValley.org.

The 2015 Arts Hero Award honoree will be recognized at the opening celebration of Napa Valley Arts in April on April 2, from 6-8 p.m. at the Napa Valley Museum. Tickets to the opening event may be purchased at napavalleycollection.com/events/arts-in-april.

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