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Nominations open for 10th Annual ACE Awards

<span 0.875em;=”” line-height:=”” 1.357;”=””>Nominations are now being accepted at for the 2014 ACE Awards. The deadline for submitting an ACE Award nomination is midnight on Monday, September 8th.

The ACE (arts, culture, and education) Awards are presented annually by 40 North | 88 West as part of National Arts and Humanities Month, and honor the work of artists, teachers, businesses, individuals, organizations, volunteers, community and government leaders. Each award highlights a different part of the cultural life of our community and celebrates those that, through hard work, dedication, and creative energy, cultivate the arts of Champaign County. The seven ACE Award categories are: Advocate, Artist, Volunteer, Business, Teacher, Student, and Lifetime Achievement. Nominations will be reviewed by an independent panel of community-based judges representing a broad cross-section of Champaign County.

Anyone can submit a nomination for an ACE Award. You may nominate multiple candidates and self-nominations are accepted. Must be 14 years or older and a resident of Champaign County to be eligible to win an ACE Award.  Previous nominees may be resubmitted.

Last year’s winners were: Kathleen Harleman (Advocate ACE), Steve Hudson (Artist ACE), Leonard Doyle (Volunteer ACE), The I.D.E.A. Store by CUSF (Business ACE), Chris Berti (Teacher ACE), Emily Denis (Student ACE), and Donnie Heitler (Lifetime ACE).

Join us to honor all the nominees and celebrate the winners at the ACE Awards ceremony at The Canopy Club in Urbana on Tuesday, October 14th, starting at 5:30pm.

The ACE Awards categories:

Advocate ACE: This award will honor the individual, organization, or group that has advocated on behalf of the arts effectively and consistently, forged creative partnerships, or stimulated collaborations that result in broader awareness, accessibility and participation in the arts, culture and entertainment of Champaign County.

Artist ACE: This award recognizes an individual artist for their creations and contributions to the excellence of the arts of Champaign County.

Volunteer ACE: This award will be presented to an individual or group that, through their volunteer efforts and service, has made a significant impact on the art and culture of this community.

Business ACE: The award will celebrate the business that has demonstrated outstanding support of the arts.  The winner will have cultivated opportunities and relationships that support local artists and/or organizations in Champaign County.

Teacher ACE: This award recognizes an individual, organization, school, educator, or group that has demonstrated a unique and creative approach to merging the arts and education. The winner will have, through outstanding commitment and dedicated service to arts education, been an inspiration to students, teachers, and the community.

Student ACE: This award will be presented to an individual student with outstanding artistic achievements who strives to promote understanding and appreciation of the local arts community.

Lifetime ACE: This award will honor the accumulated successes of an individual for continued, outstanding support of the arts in our community.

Tickets to October 14th awards ceremony
Tickets to the 10th Annual ACE Awards are $12 each and are available at or by calling 40 North at 217.351.9841. Tickets can also be purchased at Tickets will be available at the door for $15.

40 North | 88 West
40 North – Champaign County Arts Council – is dedicated to cultivating creativity in Champaign County. Through advocacy, information and collaboration, 40 North works to stimulate a vibrant, thriving environment for the arts, culture and education essential to the quality of life in Champaign County. For more info, visit 

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.


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