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February 2019
At the National Arts Program, we empower organizations across the country to host art exhibitions that showcase the creativity of their employees and families. By providing critical resources, national reach, and inclusive program design, we are the only nonprofit that supports employee engagement in ways that validate individual expression, forge new connections, and transform spaces.
The National Arts Program is excited to announce our fifth annual online art exhibit featuring our Best of Show winners from 2018 and we’re asking you to be the judge once again! These pieces were all selected as the Best of Show from our participating venues for exhibits which took place in 2018.

To vote, visit the NAP Facebook page and “Like” your favorite piece. The piece with the most “Likes” at the end of the voting period will be named the " Best of the Best " for 2018. Voting opened on Friday, February 1 and ends on Monday, April 1 at noon (EST). All winners will be announced via our Facebook page. Don’t miss your chance to help choose this year’s Best of the Best!

To celebrate our fifth anniversary, we are presenting cash awards to the top 5 pieces with the most votes!
~ Awards ~
First Prize: $150
and feature article in our E-newsletter, on our website and in our printed newsletter

First Runner-Up Prize: $125
Second Runner-Up Prize: $100
Third Runner-Up Prize: $75
Fourth Runner-Up Prize: $50
All winners will be recognized in both our printed and electronic newsletters.
Osceola Arts has been hosting a National Arts Program Exhibit for Fourteen years now and has always reached a large audience. Hanging over 200 pieces of art in their beautiful galleries was quite a feat this year but Marilyn Cortes-Lovato and the staff of Osceola Arts are seasoned professionals and they did it brilliantly! The artists invited include active and retired employees and volunteers of Osceola County School District or Osceola Arts and their family members as well as current students of Osceola Arts. Marilyn stated that many artists return year after year allowing everyone a chance to see their artwork develop and both new and returning artists in every category love to see their artwork exhibited professionally in their galleries.

Coordinator Katie Biddle currently executes not one but two annual National Arts Program Exhibits at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia. This year was their third annual Patient Showcase at Carilion Clinic and Katie said they “received countless positive comments about the quality of work from their panel of judges as well as many visitors, patients, and employees who passed through the lobby atrium of Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She personally observed people as they entered the lobby, often in a hurry, and saw how encountering the art shifted their experience. They frequently paused to take in the artwork, turned to someone they were with, and began talking about a specific piece or pieces. The exhibit really has transformed our hospital lobby into a space designed for connection and meaning.”
 
The City of Raleigh rejoined the NAP roster this year with one small change; the subtraction of Wake County participants as the Wake County United Arts Council no longer wanted to take part. However, after fourteen years with the program, coordinator Stacy Bloom Rexrode was determined to continue to provide the opportunity for Raleigh employees and their family members to share their talents. And share their talents they did! The artwork submitted for their fifteenth annual exhibit once again filled the Block Gallery walls displaying the wonderful creative talents of the city.
An opening reception was held in early December to celebrate the return of the exhibit which featured a live band and announcement of the winners. A more formal ceremony took place in the Council Chambers with the Mayor presenting the cash awards to the winners on January 22nd.