Nominations Now Open for 2013 ‘Spirit of Venice’ Award!

The Abbot Kinney Festival Association (AKFA) is now accepting nominations for its 2013 ‘Spirit of Venice’ Award!

Fire Station 63 Venice Beach

LAFD Station 63 (The life savers of Venice) receive their award in 2012

In celebration of the 29th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival, the AKFA is seeking ‘Spirit of Venice’ nominations from the Venice community.

The first ‘Spirit of Venice’ Award was presented at the 6th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival in 1989 to descendants of the Founder of Venice, Abbot Kinney. Created by John Kertisz, Poet Laureate and a 1989 Festival Board member, this award recognizes people actively involved in the community and/or who serve as inspirational role models. Venetians honored with ‘Spirit of Venice Awards’ include Vera Davis, Joe Gold, Gregory Hines, Emily Winters, Linda Lucks, Jay Griffith, Sgt. Theresa Skinner, Yo! Venice! and Jesse Martinez.

Honorees are artists, poets, and musicians who nurture the creative environment, as well as those contributing to the greater good through nonprofits and community work. AKFA has recognized a wide variety of contributions, but their common bond is initiative, vision and a strong sense of community.

Who do you know that embodies these qualities? Please nominate them by clicking here!

The DEADLINE for nominations is July 15, 2013!

The AKFA Board of Directors will determine final awards. The recipients of the ‘Spirit of Venice’ Award will be notified by September 15th. There will be a brief awards presentation at the 29th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival on Sunday, September 29, 2013, time to be determined.

“We’re having fun and making a difference – that’s the spirit of Venice.” said Donna Humphrey, AKFA Board President. For more info about the Abbot Kinney Festival Association and the 2013 Abbot Kinney Festival, visit abbotkinney.org or email info@abbotkinney.org,

To become a sponsor, exhibitor, advertiser, volunteer, performer, or vendor, contact festival producer Kim Sharp at (310) 396-3772 or marketing@abbotkinney.org.