In the Christmas-is-a-time-for-giving spirit, the Arts & Science Council would like you to give somebody else a prize with a very long name: either the ASC Honors – Lifetime Achievement in the Fields of Arts, Science or History or the ASC Honors – Cato Lifetime Achievement in Teaching Awards.
Those get handed out every four years to “exceptionally creative, innovative and inquisitive individuals and teachers whose lifetime achievement in arts, science, or history have distinguished them and enriched the lives of citizens in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and the region,” as the ASC puts it.
You have until noon Dec. 18 to nominate people through ArtsandScience.org. Both winners will get a $5,000 award and a bronze medallion by N.C. artist Joanna Gollberg at a ceremony in April.
The requirements are complex. For the first award, a nominee must have 20 or more years of experience in a discipline, live or work in Mecklenburg County and have worked in Mecklenburg for a minimum of five years, get primary income from the discipline and be recognized in that discipline as an achiever.
For the teaching award, nominees should exhibit a career marked by innovation and excellence in teaching the arts, sciences or history or creatively infusing it into the core curriculum.
Need some names to get you rolling? Previous winners include Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride (dance), Steve Crump (history/film), Dr. Francis Robicsek (science/medicine), Wesley Mancini (design) and Kathy Reichs (literature), as well as Byron Baldwin (art educator), Andrew West (history educator) and Libby Withrow (science educator).