ACE Awards


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The 13th Annual ACE Awards will take place Thursday, October 12, 2017 at City Center in Champaign. The City Center is located at 505 S. Chestnut in Champaign, IL.  Chestnut is located off Green Street near the corner of Green and Neil Street.

40 North | 88 West proudly announces the winners of the 2017 ACE (Arts, Culture, and Education) Awards. All seven ACE Award winners embody the spirit of the local arts community with their passion, energy, and dedication to the creative culture of Champaign County. Please join us for the 2017 ACE Awards Celebration on Thursday, October 12th, 5:30pm at City Center in Champaign in honoring their outstanding contributions!

The winners of the 2017 ACE Awards are:

Advocate ACE AwardShaya Robinson, for her tireless support of underserved communities, her fostering and maintaining of a safe space where young and emerging artists can share, develop, and learn at SPEAK Café, and her ability to weave social justice ideals with arts advocacy by shining a light on and lifting up the voices of others.

Artist ACE AwardAllen Creamean, for creating art that brazenly explores human emotion and mental health, for utilizing his comprehensive understanding of psychology along with his insightful and intense creative ability to encourage others, and for teaching young minds how to use art to explore, process, and cope with life.

Volunteer ACE AwardLawrence McGown, for generously offering his professional photography services on countless occasions, and for enthusiastically maintaining and facilitating the Monday Evening Life Drawing Group (MELD) for artists of all skill levels, providing one of the only area venues for drawing from a live model. 

Business ACE AwardCU Adventures in Time & Space, for their artistic spirit that showcases what is truly unique about this area, for promoting creativity, vibrancy, and injecting art into many aspects of their business, and for generously giving back and consistently supporting this creative community.

Teacher ACE AwardSue Aldridge, for impacting countless students by creating an outlet for them to express themselves and make wonderful memories that they cherish throughout their lives, for facilitating relationships as a teacher, mentor, confidant and inspiring director, and for serving others and bringing the power of theatre to the next generation through her work with students and the community.

Student ACE AwardKamila Glowacki, for using what inspires her to inspire others, for impacting countless people through her work as an educator, visual artist, and a musician, and for making the arts accessible, inspirational, and educational to countless children and families in this community through programs such as KAM-WAM, Art Rocks!, Girls Rock C-U, and Girl Radio.

Lifetime ACE AwardDon Lake, for his passion, knowledge, and command of the fine art of watercolor, for devoting his life to nurturing and encourageing emerging artists and helping them become the very best they can be, for his unwavering dedication to his colleagues, his family, his friends, and his former students, and for creating a powerful legacy and learning experience for Parkland College students and members of this community.

The winners were chosen from over 115 public nominations by an independent panel of community-based judges.


Tickets to the 13th Annual ACE Awards celebration are $10 each and are available at Tickets can also be purchased in advance at the 40 North office at 17 E. Taylor St. or call 217.351.9841. Tickets will be available at the door for $15.

The ACE (arts, culture and education) Awards are presented annually by 40 North | 88 West in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month to honor the work of artists, teachers, businesses, individuals, organizations, volunteers, community and government leaders. Each award highlights a different part of the cultural life of our community and celebrates those that, through hard work, dedication, and creative energy, cultivate the arts of Champaign County.

The seven ACE Award categories are: Advocate, Artist, Volunteer, Business, Teacher, Student, and Lifetime Achievement. Nominations are reviewed by an independent panel of community-based judges representing a broad cross-section of Champaign County. Anyone can submit a nomination for an ACE Award. You may nominate multiple candidates and self-nominations are accepted. Must be 14 years or older and a resident of Champaign County to be eligible to win an ACE Award. Previous nominees may be resubmitted.