Lumies Arts & Business Awards



A project of Tucson Pima Arts Council, In partnership with business, government, and the arts community.

The Lumies Arts & Business Awards celebrate those individuals, organizations and businesses that make Southern Arizona a wellspring of creative vitality. TPAC invites the public to submit nominations of those arts ‘luminaries’ who have made a profound impact on the lives and communities of Southern Arizonans.

2015 LUMIES Recipients!

Stories That Soar! – Arts Education Award: Awarded to an individual or organization that has demonstrated excellence in arts education and/or youth work. May apply to a program for youth and/or adults.

 Arizona Public Media – Arts and Cultural Advocate Award: Awarded to an individual or organization who has significantly contributed to the Tucson and Pima County cultural community and has raised the visibility of Southern Arizona’s arts and culture sector. This may include work through direct advocacy efforts as well as promoting the value of the arts.

Jim Click Automotive Group :: Jim Click Jr – Business Award: Awarded to a private-sector business that actively supports and promotes local arts organizations, programs, and individual artists through advocacy and/or community outreach and involvement initiatives such as work-place based gallery exhibitions, volunteerism, scholarships, and a variety of other activities that promote the value of  arts and culture in our community.

Catherine Nash – Artist Award: Awarded to an individual artist that has demonstrated excellence, originality and ingenuity in the local arts and culture sector.

The Drawing Studio – Arts Organization Award: Awarded to a public or private arts organization that has demonstrated excellence in serving the people of Tucson and Pima County. This may include exemplary work across disciplines, as well as advocating for and promoting the value of arts and culture in Southern Arizona.

Jeff Yanc – The David Hoyt Johnson Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts: Awarded to an  individual, or arts administrator who has demonstrated excellence, resilience, integrity, and resourcefulness in the arts and culture sector.

Safos Dance Theatre – Emerging Artist or Arts Organization Award: Award to an individual, collective, or organization with 3 years or less of operating experience that has demonstrated excellence in Southern Arizona’s arts and culture sector. May apply to a program for youth or by youth.



Lumies Arts & Business Award  “Turquoise Reptilian”
Designed by Renowned Local Artisan Thomas A. Philabaum


2015 Lumies Arts & Business Awards Winners Youtube Video created by Patrick MacArdle!


Morning Blend Talk Show Featuring CEO Debi Chess Mabie and last year’s Lumie winner Randi Dorman talk about this year’s Lumie Arts & Business Awards Ceremony.