2016 Milley Award winners, from left: Arthur “Tripp” Carpenter, furniture and woodwork artisan, for Visual Arts and Design; Bob Bijou, owner of Two Neat, for Community Contributions; Maria Muldaur, American roots music singer, for Musical Arts; Jacques Leslie, Pulitzer Prize-nominated war correspondent, journalist and environmental author, for Literary Arts; Jasson Minadakis, Marin Theatre Company artistic director, for Performing and Film Arts. Courtesy image.

What do the likes of Two Neat owner Bob Bijou and Marin Theatre Company Artistic Director Jasson Minadakis have in common with rock legends Sammy Hagar and Bob Weir? They’ve all won Milley Awards for Creative Achievement, the annual honor doled out to locals for their contributions to literary arts, visual arts and performing arts (film, theater and dance), as well as contributions to the artistic community.

The 12-member Milley Awards Board of Directors is now seeking nominations for its 2017 edition. You can pick up a nomination form at City Hall, the Mill Valley Library, the Community Center, the Chamber of Commerce and at The Depot Bookstore, All Wrapped Up, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, and Seager Gray Gallery. Nominations remain in force for three years, and can be renewed and improved.

The submission deadline is April 17. Judging by a panel of judges from the community will take place in late May. Awardees will be announced in early summer, and the awards will be given at 23rd Annual Milley Awards gala dinner ceremony on October 22 at the Mill Valley Community Center. The Milley Awards are sponsored by the Mill Valley Art Commission.

In addition to the nomination norm, you must submit supporting documentation such as letters of recommendation and news articles. Need help with your nomination? Contact Abby Wasserman at 415-381-3561or abby.wasserman@gmail.com, or Joe Angiulo at 415-388-8137 or gailnjoe@yahoo.com.

Judging by a panel of representatives from the community will take place in May, with winners announced in July. The annual Milleys Dinner will be held October 22 at the Mill Valley Community Center. Over the previous 22 years, the Milley Awards have recognized the creative achievements of 140 individuals and organizations.

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