Any kind that you think merits acknowledgement and thanks. Nominees can be artists, activists, educators, artists, soup kitchen volunteers, or a neighbor who regularly picks up trash in the neighborhood. Any kind of helper can be nominated. They needn't have made a big splash; they can be helpful to their community in 101 small ways that add up to greatness.
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Yes. We welcome nominations from all age groups. Nominations of children are possible and project/service will be considered regardless of age.
No. Only the award nominee must be a City of Albany resident with a permanent mailing address in the City of Albany.
No. The nominee could be an Albany resident for a month or a lifetime. Consideration of their nomination will be based on the impact of their work in the community.
The Henry Johnson Award will be given to an Albany resident, nominated by their peers, who has made meaningful contributions to their community leadership and has bettered their community or the City in any of the following areas: arts and history, social justice, education, or volunteerism. This year, consider those who have risked their lives or even their health in the fight against COVID-19.
No. But your spouse, parent, sibling, child, best friend, neighbor, teacher, student, colleague, or employer can nominate you.
No. Co-nominators are not necessary, but they can help strengthen a submission.
There will be one winner each year, as well as possible "honorable mentions" the Award Committee identifies based on the strength of the nomination.
The Henry Johnson Award Committee is made up of members of the Henry Johnson Day Advisory Group and members of the Albany community.
The Award Committee will collect and review nominations.
A member of the Award Committee will contact both you and the winner by phone and/or email. This is why it is important that you include contact information in your nomination form.
No, you will not be contacted if your nominee was not selected for this year's award, but we encourage you to apply again next year for consideration.
The Award will be given on Saturday, September 9, 2023 , at the City of Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival. Details about the event are forthcoming. The winner must be available to receive the in person, barring any extenuating circumstances that should be brought to the attention of the Committee in advance.