The Muse Awards honor extraordinary creativity in Virginia business. The Awards are open to all for-profit Virginia businesses. Business organizations, professional groups and councils are encouraged to nominate themselves or other businesses that exhibit unique and creative approaches.
Begun in 2005, the Muse Awards are sponsored by VMFA’s Business Council, which offers a forum for leaders and entrepreneurs to come together to acknowledge the major role that creativity plays in Virginia industry.
Application and nomination forms are available on the museum’s website. Application forms may also be requested from Elizabeth Lowsley-Williams, VMFA’s corporate relations manager; e-mail [email protected] or fax (804) 340-1465.
A list of past VMFA Muse Awards winners is online at mediaroom.vmfa.museum/musepastwinners.htm.
“Last year’s awards attracted a broad spectrum of compelling, exciting and innovative companies that really sought to inspire, engage and challenge traditional thinking”, says Charles Ajemian, creative director at NC4 and VMFA Business Council communications committee chair. “Our goal is to recognize and award creative genius through the Muse Awards and to build a bridge between the corporate community and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.”
Winners receive a year’s corporate membership at the museum and a cast-aluminum spiral trophy patterned after a chambered nautilus, which is meant to symbolize the natural evolution of creativity.
The Muse Awards program culminates with an Un-Gala celebration at VMFA. The closely guarded theme of the party changes each year and is a creative departure from traditional awards ceremonies.
“One thing is certain about the 2009 Un-Gala,” says John Lucas, vice-chair of the Business Council. “The museum itself will reflect the theme, and guests will be surprised and delighted.” The 2009 event will be April 30.
SPONSORS FOR THE 2009 VMFA MUSE AWARDS:
Print Services Partner: SunTrust
Print-Creative Partner: Richmond Magazine
Media Partner: Richmond Times-Dispatch
Un-Gala Leading Sponsors: CXI and SunTrust
Un-Gala A-V Sponsor: Boitnott Visual Communications
Un-Gala Awards Sponsor: Cushing Manufacturing Co.
Business Council sponsor: Hilb Rogal & Hobbs
ABOUT THE VMFA BUSINESS COUNCIL:
An association of executives and leaders from area businesses, the VMFA Business Council is dedicated to promoting and maintaining an active dialogue between Virginia’s business community and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. By working directly with the business community, the Business Council aims to highlight and promote the valuable contributions the museum makes to the quality of life and economic vitality of the region.
More about the VMFA Business Council can be found on the Web at www.vmfa.museum/business_council.html.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Charles Ajemian – Muse Chair PR-Communication
Creative Director at NC4
(804) 370-6474 (cell)