City accepting nominations for Golden Paintbrush Awards until April 30th

Mar 6, 2021 | City News

The Ann Arbor Public Art Commission’s Golden Paintbrush Award recognizes adults, children and organizations who have encouraged creativity in Ann Arbor’s publicly visible spaces. Awards will be given for art which demonstrates collaboration and excellence, and which adds a bit of magic to our daily life. Visual, music and other arts, including online, are eligible.

Anyone can submit a nomination using the online submission form here:

Nominations will be accepted until April 30th, 2021.

More information about the Golden Paintbrush Award can be found here:

More information about the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission can be found here:

From the Golden Paintbrush Award website:

Judging criteria

A panel of three to five judges will be assembled representing local residents and leaders in the arts, education and business communities.

The judging criteria will be:

  • Creativity/skill – 50% (is the project unique, impactful and well executed)
  • Civic Engagement – 25% (how the project has involved members of our community)
  • Visible and Sustainable –25% (is it easy to see and can be easily maintained)

To encourage flexibility, the judges will collectively define how they use each of the criteria. The award is to recognize and promote creative civic achievement as well as appreciation of the variety of public art in Ann Arbor.

Four awards will be presented. The judges will determine how many certificates to give for each project, to recognize individuals who were instrumental in its creation.

The chair of the Public Art Commission will facilitate judging but will not vote.

AAPAC will recommend awards be presented by the Mayor at a City Council meeting.