The National Arts and Culture Awards recognise those who attain a level of merit in their artistic discipline, contribute to the arts, culture and heritage of the Cayman Islands and support the work of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation. The awards have undergone a change both in eligibility requirements and the physical award.
What were previously The Cultural Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award (Radley Gourzong Award) and Cultural Heritage Award are now The Cayman National Cultural Foundation Heritage Cross Medal. The awards previously given for artistic endeavour, achievement and excellence are now The Cayman National Cultural Foundation Star for Creativity in the Arts Medal. Each medal has gold, silver and bronze divisions. Cayman National Cultural Foundation Artistic Director Henry Muttoo designed both awards.
Awards are also presented for Volunteer of the Year, Sponsor of the Year and the Chairman’s Award for outstanding long-term support of the foundation’s work. The awards ceremony is a Cayman National Cultural Foundation initiative that began in 1990.
Awards are not restricted to those people who work with the Cultural Foundation. Each year there is a call for nominations from cultural and heritage organisations as well as the general public. These organisations submit nominations for The Cayman National Cultural Foundation Star for Creativity in the Arts in their particular disciplines. The general public makes nominations for The Cayman National Cultural Foundation Heritage Cross.
The foundation’s Grants and Awards Committee reviews the nominations and selects the award recipients. Board Member Morgan DaCosta chairs the committee. The other members of the committee are CNCF Board Member Lorna Reid and visual artist Horacio Esteban. The committee reserves the right not to present an award if no nominee satisfies the criteria.
The deadline to nominate is Sunday, 30 September.
You can download a nomination form from the Cayman National Cultural Foundation website and submit by e-mail to [email protected]