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Commission accepting nominations for Community Arts Award

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published February 27, 2018

ROYAL OAK — For the first time, the Royal Oaks Arts Commission will accept nominations for its annual Community Arts Award, to be presented during the city’s Celebration of the Arts festival in June.

Historically, the commission selected a Royal Oak resident who made “substantial contributions to promoting art and culture” to receive the award, according to the city.

Nominees have included musicians, dancers, sculptors and painters.

“The commission would basically discuss who they thought (deserved the award),” said James Krizan, assistant to the city manager and Arts Commission member. “We wanted to open it up to the community this year.”

Krizan said there is a link — in terms of creating a sense of place and community — between municipalities that foster art and economic development.

Jason Gittinger, chair of the arts commission, said the first three awards went to Royal Oak residents Bob Jones, Susan Wedley and Rose Marie Floyd — all individuals devoted to the arts.

“Our primary goal is to encourage and support art and culture in Royal Oak,” Gittinger said. “We want to make sure we’re hearing from everyone in the community.”

He said Royal Oak is lucky to have “amazing artists that do so much for the community,” and that choosing one artist to highlight annually is an “honor” and a “challenge.”

“While some artists are notable in public, often many make a huge impact on countless lives without recognition,” he said in a statement. “This call for nominees is a way for the community to lift up some of those awesome leaders and give them the spotlight they deserve.”

Nomination forms for the Community Arts Award will be available online through March 12. To nominate an artist or for more information about the Royal Oak Arts Commission, visit, call (248) 246-3204 or email