Nominations for the 2018 Arts Awards Celebration are due Friday, Feb. 23. Ames Community Arts Council members are invited to nominate an individual, organization or business for outstanding effort in the Ames arts community throughout the year.

Awards will be given to honor volunteers, arts advocates and entrepreneurs, board members, art educators and others. There are awards for artists and art supporters alike, and for individuals and organizations that support the arts as an integral part of the community.

Nomination forms and information about the various awards can be found online at or by contacting the Arts Council at or 515-233-6110. Nominations can be completed online, printed and returned by mail, or scanned and emailed.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to honor a hard working board member or volunteer — those often under-recognized individuals that allow non-profit arts organizations to thrive,” says Arts Council Director Jennifer Brockpahler, “Or, perhaps you’ve been touched this year by an arts educator who has positively affected your life or the life of your child. Now is the chance to let them know how much you appreciate all they have done for you and the community.”

The Ames Community Arts Council will hold its annual Arts Awards Celebration on Sunday, April 22, at 1:30 p.m. at the Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas Ave., Ames. The public is invited to join the Arts Council in honoring those who have supported and encouraged the arts through their extraordinary actions and exemplary service to the Ames community. This event is free and open to everyone. Refreshments will be served.