The 8th annual Richmond Art Awards were given out on Tuesday May 17th, 2016 at Richmond City hall, and we are happy to report that the CACR was one of the finalists in the Cultural Leadership category. The volunteerism category also included our Treasurer and Primary Administrator (volunteer) as a finalist. This award, sponsored by the City of Richmond, The Richmond Arts Coalition and the Richmond News, recognizes individuals, groups and companies who go beyond in the interest of arts and culture in Richmond. Over 80 entries in 6 categories went through the jury process to come up with 3 finalists in each category. The winner in each category is not divulged until the evening of the event. We are delighted to announce that Margaret Stephens, our Board member and treasurer who works so hard for the CACR was the winner in the volunteerism category! The CACR, who was a finalist but not a winner, will be up for consideration again in 2017. The work that Margaret was selected for pertains to the many hours she spends in service to the CACR and the arts, artists and artisans in Richmond. She estimates that she spends an average of between 5 – 7 hours per week, handling everything from the accounting to grant writing, answering emails to articles on the website and so much more. As she stated, none of this would happen if it were not for the CACR, who has supported the arts and culture community in Richmond for over 45 years.