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Houston Press MasterMinds Awards: Money For Artists

For the second year in a row, the Houston Press is on the prowl for artists, innovators and entrepreneurs who are changing our creative and cultural landscape.

And we need your help.

If you know of one of these life-changing artistic types -- if you are one yourself -- please tell us. From all the nominees, we'll honor three of these creative superstars on Saturday January 30, 2010 at our Artopia Party at the Winter St. Studios when the Press once again presents its winners with MasterMind awards of $2,000 each.

Anyone can nominate a potential MasterMind. Please remember: our goal is to honor current, cutting-edge work being done right now, right here. This is not a lifetime achievement award, nor is it a popularity contest, and nominees need not submit proposals outlining how they'd use the money.

Instead, a committee of Houston Press representatives will evaluate the potential honorees in each field, and then pick winners whose cultural and creative contributions are helping to redesign -- and redefine -- where we live.

Our first-ever awardees were:

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-- Patrick Medrano and Katy Anderson: a husband/wife team of visual artists who specialize in different mediums and combined their talents and work to transform an abandoned building into an East Texas art mecca.

-- Hightower High School's Broadcast Academy: a group of nationally award-winning high school broadcast students working under the direction of teacher Ted Irving.

-- Nova Arts Project: a newer member of Houston's alternative theater scene carrying live performances.

Deadline for nominations: December 10, 2009. To nominate someone, e-mail masterminds@houstonpress.com or send your nominations to MasterMinds Nominations/ Houston Press/ 1621 Milam St./ Houston, TX 77002.

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