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43rd Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards
"The Arts find a Way” -  An Evening to Celebrate the Arts in Lincoln

Monday, November 8th - 6pm
Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) have announced the individuals and organizations to be honored at the 43rd annual Mayor’s Arts Awards the evening of Monday, November 8 at the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts at UNL. The event is open to the public and includes a reception with an artistic hors d’oeuvres buffet at 6 p.m. and the awards presentation at 7 p.m. The event will also be livestreamed at

This year’s theme is “The Arts Find a Way” and is based on the billboard artwork of local artist Danny Reneau as part of the Lincoln Billboard Art Project. Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird selected the project as this year’s Mayor’s Choice Award. Public Art Lincoln created the project to unite support, inspire, and bring joy and health to the community during the pandemic. The Mayor’s Choice Award is sponsored by Doug and Mary Campbell.

Local artists are creating work based on the theme. The pieces will be on display at the event and available for purchase to benefit LAC. Each award winner will receive an original art piece by Reneau. Returning as emcee is DeWayne Taylor, a teaching artist, beat boxer. and KFRX radio host.

Meet the 2021 Honorees

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COVID Vaccination or Negative Test Requirement for Event:

After much research and discussion regarding keeping everyone safe, we are announcing that we will be requiring all staff, crew and attendees to provide either: 
1. Proof of COVID vaccination
2. Negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event

In addition, our staff and crew will be masked during the event, and we suggest and encourage attendees to do the same. You may bring in your physical vaccination card or negative test if you wish, but a photo of either will also suffice. Please also be prepared to show a photo ID with the name matching the one on the vaccination or test proof. We thank you for your continued support and understanding as we all navigate these unfamiliar waters the best we can.

The public is also encouraged to submit names of members of the arts community who have died since the last awards ceremony in October 2020 for memorial recognition.

Tickets for the event are $80 and will be available from the LAC at 402-434-2787 or  The reservation deadline is October 29. Corporate tables and sponsorship opportunities are also available. Those interested in receiving or sponsoring scholarship tickets, should contact the LAC.

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