2020 Creative Industries Awards

The Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) recognizes excellence in the creative industries, through both service and philanthropy. These individuals and organizations are celebrated each year at Creativation, AFCI's annual trade show and the largest gathering of creative industries professionals in North America. Nominations for the 2020 AFCI Creative Industries Awards are currently being accepted. The deadline to submit nominations has been extended until October 5 at 11:59 PM PT.

Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame honor is presented to individuals for extraordinary contributions leading to the successes and growth of their organization(s) and our industry as a whole. In order to be eligible, nominees must no longer be actively involved in the Association, industry, retired or deceased.

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Creative Industry Product Hall of Fame 

The AFCI Creative Industry Product Hall of Fame recognizes creative industry products that have inspired creative expression and enjoyed popularity over a sustained period. Each year, the AFCI Awards Committee inducts new honorees and showcases both new and historic versions of classic products beloved by generations. Anyone can nominate a product to the Creative Industry Product Hall of Fame.

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Creative Retailer of the Year 

AFCI recognizes two categories for the Creative Retailer of the Year award. 

Best Creative Brick and Mortar Retailer of the Year is open  to AFCI member independent brick and mortar retailers located in the United States and internationally with or without a digital retail presence, who have been in business for five (5) years or more. Judging will be based on the overall business and performance, technology integration, customer experience, community involvement and unique characteristics that set the business apart from other brick and mortar retailers.

Best Creative Online Retailer of the Year is open to AFCI member online-only retailers without a physical location who have been in business for five (5) years or more. This includes sellers on eCommerce sites. Judging will be based on the overall business and performance, site usability, customer experience, community involvement and unique characteristics that set the business apart from online-only retailers.

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Industry Awards

The Meritorious Award of Honor is the single highest award of recognition that AFCI can bestow upon an individual member, past or present. This award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the AFCI. Previous recipients have been those who have served the organization on the Board of Directors, or in another capacity, for a number of years. Only one award can be presented annually.

The Industry Achievement Award is for an individual, group, company or company employee that made a significant contribution to the growth and vitality of the craft and hobby industry as a whole. Previous recipients have served the industry in their roles as corporate or organizational leaders. Only one award will be presented annually.

The Special Recognition Award(s) is presented to an individual, a group and/or company for their extraordinary contribution in an activity that showcases the craft and hobby industry in a positive way. Previous recipients have served the greater community through their contributions of time, energy, funds, materials and services. Award recipient(s) need not be a member(s) of the Association. More than one award can be presented annually.

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Emerging Leader Award

Designed to cultivate leadership in the creative industry, the AFCI Emerging Leader program has been formed to recognize and grow the next generation of executives and thought leaders. The AFCI Emerging Leader Award honors professionals with 5-10 years of culminative industry experience who have been actively engaged in the creative industry and have demonstrated excellence at their organization.

Application Process and Applicant Criteria:

  • The nominee must be an employee of a member organization in good standing.
  • The nominee must have 5-10 years of experience.
  • The nominee must not have previously received an Emerging Leader Award.
  • The nominee must have made significant contributions to the industry.
  • The nominee must have shown outstanding promise for leadership. Specific examples of his/er continuing activities must be provided.

Applications Materials:

  • Personal statement (500 word limit)
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Biography (250 words)
  • Photo (high resolution)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation (1 minimum, 3 maximum)

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