Idle Class Magazine Announces Art Awards

Our friends  over at the Idle Class Magazine have announced their inaugural Black Apple Art Awards. These awards recognize artists in visual art, music, writing, food, and film.

Consider nominating your favorite artists. The categories are artisans, musical act, 2D artist, 3D artist, creative agency, filmmaker, performing poet, alcoholic craft beverage, non-alcoholic craft beverage, radio show, fashion photography, theatre company, chef, and local jewelry designer. Anyone who is an Arkansas-based creative and falls into one of those categories is eligible to win. You have until March 26th to cast your vote here.

Full information below

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The Idle Class Magazine will be hosting the inaugural Black Apple Art Awards, benefiting Art Amiss, on Saturday, April 11 at the Garden Room, located at 215 W Dickson Street. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. followed by a live musical performance at 6. There will be a fashion show by Art Amiss at 7, which will lead into the award ceremony at 7:30.  The event is sponsored by BLKBOXLabs, KABF 88.3 FM and KUAF 91.3 FM.

Kody Ford, founding editor of The Idle Class Magazine, felt it was time to acknowledge all the talent spread throughout the state.

“The creative spirit in Arkansas is incredibly strong and diverse,” Ford said. “When I started the magazine, the goal was to bridge the artistic ‘bubbles’ around our state so people would be aware of all of the exciting things going on.  Now three years later, we have decided it is time to celebrate the best and the brightest.  And we wanted to open up the nomination process to the people to speak out about their favorites.”

The public will choose the nominees through online voting on The Idle Class website Wednesday, February 26 through Friday, March 26. There will be 15 categories with a definition for each explaining the requirements to be eligible for said category. The categories will be best artisans, musical act, 2D artist, 3D artist, creative agency, filmmaker, performing poet, alcoholic craft beverage, non-alcoholic craft beverage, radio show, fashion photography, theatre company, chef, and local jewelry designer. Nominees will be announced April 1.

Proceeds from the event will go to Art Amiss: a 501(c)(3) non-profit art collective based in Fayetteville, AR, and composed of five board members. It was created with the express purpose of providing services for artists living in, working in, or from Arkansas. For over 10 years the organization has been hosting events for all medias and are interested in working in conjunction with artists all over the state to increase the artistic awareness in our local environments.

Bo Counts, director of Art Amiss, thinks that teaming up for this event is a perfect fit.

“When The Idle Class Magazine approached us about this event, we couldn’t have been more excited. Both of our organizations strive to highlight the amazing, and sometime undiscovered, creative people that this state has to offer. We hope to showcase some of that talent, raise money for the arts and hear the voice of the arts community on a larger scale than just within Northwest Arkansas.”

The Idle Class Magazine covers the creative life in Arkansas such as visual art, music, writing, food, film and more. Past issues have included award-winning actress Mary Steenburgen, writer/director Joey Lauren Adams, writer/producer Harry Thomason and Irish artist/Fayetteville resident Maser.  The magazine is published quarterly and based out of Fayetteville.

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Idle Class Magazine Announces Art Awards