Farmington Hills Cultural Arts seeks award nominations

Press release

Stephen Mack Jones
Stephen Mack Jones (contributed photo)

Nominations are being accepted for the Farmington Area 2018 Artist-in-Residence and the Nancy Coumoundouros Distinguished Service to the Arts awards, presented by the Farmington Area Arts Commission and the City of Farmington Hills Cultural Arts Division.

To nominate a person or group for the awards, go to farmingtonarts.org/opportunities. The Farmington/Farmington Hills community is home to many accomplished artists, cultural organizations, events, and successful cultural programs. Since 1976, the city has recognized talented individuals in visual art, drama, dance, literature, music, photography, film, music, and more.

To qualify, the Artist-in-Residence must currently reside in Farmington or Farmington Hills. The awardee will receive a plaque at a reception in their honor, held as part of the Artist Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 13, 2018 at the Costick Center’s Festival of the Arts.

The Nancy Coumoundouros Distinguished Service to the Arts Award recognizes outstanding service to the community in the arts. Groups, organizations, businesses or individuals receive this award for support, promotion, management or teaching of the arts and will also be honored with a plaque at the Artist Awards Ceremony.

Last year’s Artist-in-Residence Award went to author and award-winning playwright Stephen Mack Jones. Jones wrote the Detroit thriller August Snow and his play Back in the World was cited by The American Theater Critics Association as “One of America’s Top Ten Plays performed outside of New York City.”

He is starting a Young Playwrights Program for Teen Writers in cooperation with Farmington Hills Youth Theater this winter.

The Distinguished Service to the Arts Award for 2017 was given to Farmington Public Schools Art & Music Department Chairs Jennifer Bailey, Stefanie Borysiak, and David Drake. They have taught music and art for a combined 60 years and have touched the lives of hundreds of elementary and middle-school students.

For more information, call the Cultural Arts Division at 248-473-1859.