For Immediate Release                                          
The Arts Council
Contact:  Kevin Ledgewood
205-758-5195 x6



(Tuscaloosa)  The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will honor artists and patrons of the arts at the 20th Druid Arts Awards on April 18, 2013 at the Bama Theatre.  A reception honoring the winners and their families will be held at the theatre’s Greensboro Room at 6:00 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m.  The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 1, 2013 with a deadline for tickets on Monday, April 8th at 5 p.m. 

Email nominations must be received electronically or hard copies postmarked by the deadline on March 1st at 5:00 p.m. The subject heading for email nominations should state “Druid Arts Awards Nomination” and sent to Hard copy nominations should be mailed to The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, P.O. Box 1117, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35403. Nomination forms, criteria and a list of prior winners are available on line at or at the Arts Council office, 600 Greensboro Avenue, in the PARA Building.

Nominations for volunteer, artist, and educator (Tuscaloosa County only) will be accepted in each of the categories of Music, Visual Arts, Dance, Theatre and Literature.  Nominations will also be taken for Patron of the Arts, Corporate Sponsor of the Year, Special Awards and Home Grown Artist.  The Home Grown Artist award was established in 2009.  This will be awarded to an individual from Tuscaloosa County who has received recognition in their area of specialty on the regional, national or international level by their professional peer groups.  The nominee must be a native of Tuscaloosa County and have received his/her primary and secondary education in one of the local public or private school systems.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in person at The Arts Council office or by calling 758-5195.  The deadline for purchasing tickets is April 8, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

In founding and perpetuating the Druid Arts Awards, the Arts Council realized that the number of talented and dedicated people who were working as volunteers, artists and educators in the arts was very large and growing.  The Council also realized that the work of these individuals was not often publicly recognized.  It was for this reason that the Druid Arts Awards were established, and it has become a biannual presentation recognizing these special individuals and organizations who have achieved distinction in the arts over a number of years in Tuscaloosa County.

The Bama Theatre is located at 600 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about The Arts Council or Bama Theatre, patrons should LIKE the Facebook page “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” and follow tuscarts on Twitter. Call 205-758-5195 or visit for further information.