Bend Arts, Beautification & Culture Award Calls For Nominations


The City of Bend Arts, Beautification & Culture Commission (ABC Commission) is accepting nominations for the ABC Awards. This award honors individuals, organizations and businesses that have made significant contributions to the City’s arts, culture, natural environment or public spaces in the year 2015. Award winners are honored at a reception at City Hall held in May.

Matt Schiffman, Chair of the ABC Commission said, “Bend has an amazing depth of artistic participation in all facets of arts and culture. We want to recognize and honor those who contribute to Bend’s unique flavor.” The selections are based on an array of criteria including the level of community impact and strength of visitor attraction.

Nomination Forms are available at the City of Bend website:

Please submit nominations before April 22, 2016:
ABC Awards, City of Bend, PO Box 431, Bend, OR 97709

The ABC Commission acts as an advisory board for the City of Bend in supporting and encouraging the Arts, Beautification and Culture in our city. The Commission is composed of seven Bend citizens appointed by the Mayor. For more information please contact Robyn Christie, City Recorder at 541-388-5517 or

2015 recipients:

  • Michael Gesme, Central Oregon Symphony
  • Cari Dolyniuk and Stuart Breidenstein, The Workhouse
  • Jason Heffner, Bend Baseball Fields


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