Media Contact: Claire Goring, Cultural Director & Tangerine Clarke, Co-Chair Awards Committee.
The Guyana Cultural Association Awards: Call for Nominations
The Guyana Cultural Association of New York 2006 Awards ceremony will take place in Brooklyn, New York on August 30. In celebration of Guyana’s 40th Independence anniversary, the Awards will recognize individuals and entities whose work enabled the development of Guyana’s cultural heritage. We plan to especially acknowledge the non-artiste enablers to our proud heritage. Accordingly, we invite nominations for our three categories of awards.
The Guyana Cultural Association Award and The Guyana Cultural Association Lifetime Achievement Award are reserved for presentation to Guyanese nationals. The Guyana Cultural Association Exemplary Award can be offered to any individual or entity. All honorees will have demonstrated by their individual or organizational action a sense of purpose in promoting Guyanese creativity. A selection committee will evaluate each nomination considering seven criteria: originality, scope, impact / influence, integration, pioneering spirit, challenges and achievements.
Every Awardee’s work must meet a distinction considered an exemplary model that can inspire others. Each contribution will have impacted cultural attributes that Guyanese admire, or honor, or preserve. The 2006 emphasis is on individuals or organizations that would be recognized as a “doer” whose actions led to something worthy – a technique, a concert series, or a task that has been sustained, or is a precursor to what we have today. The Awardees, through their work, would have demonstrated efforts to develop, document, showcase and celebrate Guyana’s cultural heritage. The work to be honored would be observed in one or more forms and bring a sense of pride to Guyanese.
In keeping with GCA selection criteria and tradition, the Awardees would be expected to have a sustained, high level of skillfulness in their respective endeavors. The range of activity can cover a wide array: the bottom-house music teacher, the village promoter, the local photographer, a community’s cultural historian. We are particularly interested in honoring those who are respected in their local community or field, but largely unknown to the Guyanese public at home and abroad.
Please submit nominations by e-mail to AwardsNominations@guyfolkfest.org including the nominee's name, a photograph, contact information, and a summary explaining why the nominee deserves to win the award in a particular category. Hard copy (paper) nominations can the mailed or faxed to Ms Goring as shown above. More nomination details, including eligibility and selection criteria, are available at the Awards Nominations page. The deadline for nomination is June 21, 2006.
Ronald H. Lammy
Co-Chair Awards Committee