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WICHITA FALLS – Nominations are now open for the second annual Arts and Cultural Empowerment (ACE) Awards, hosted by the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture (The Alliance). The luncheon and awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, October 18 at the new Delta Hotels by Marriott Wichita Falls Convention Center near the MPEC.

The ACE Awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and organizations whose contributions to the cultural landscape of Wichita County have made this a more vibrant place to live. Nominations will be accepted for the following categories:

  • Outstanding Arts Educator
  • Business Champion for the Arts
  • The Maker Award
  • Distinguished Artist of the Year
  • Distinguished Cultural Organization
  • Inclusion Advancement Award
  • Margie J. Reese Innovation Award

“We invite residents of Wichita Falls to help us honor individuals, organizations, and businesses in the arts and culture sector,” said Ann Arnold-Ogden, Executive Director of the Alliance. “Arts and culture have the power to transform and uplift our community, and these awards provide an opportunity to recognize those who have made a significant impact.”

Nominees can include advocates, artists, board members, business partners, educators, leaders, philanthropists, schools, staff members, and volunteers. Upon receipt of a nomination, nominees will receive a copy of the nomination details (without the nominator’s information) and have an opportunity to provide further information to an independent selection committee who will determine the finalists and winners. Past winners are not eligible to receive an award in the same category.

To submit nominations or learn more about the ACE Awards, please visit Nominations close Saturday, August 26.