ARTS Awards postponed; alternative format announced

Because of the challenges of this global pandemic, ART and the Dallas Market Center have postponed the 32nd ARTS Awards until 2021-2022.

In its place, they announced a single year alternative, the HEARTS Awards, uniting the industry to honor generosity and selflessness that has occurred and is occurring during this crisis. A number of industry organizations have have agreed to join ART and participate to honor one honoree per organization who has exemplified heart-based leadership.

“For more than 30 years the ARTS Awards have been the premier program honoring business and creative excellence; but given the global pandemic we have a unique opportunity this year to unite our industry to honor generosity and selflessness via The HEARTS Awards,” said Sharon Davis, executive director of ART.

The HEARTS Awards will take place on January 8, 2021 at the Hilton Anatole. Reservations will be available at a later date. The full list of honorees will be announced the first week of October.

“In the midst of a crisis we have seen remarkable help and sacrifice from our professional community,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “That’s why this year we will honor heart-based leadership with a program recognizing the best qualities of our industry and working in collaboration with leading organizations.”

In addition to the awards, a special fundraising campaign will take place benefiting hunger relief. Industry members will be invited to create a one-of-a-kind artistically decorated dinner plate to be auctioned online to the highest bidder raising funds to support a cause that has impacted every community in the U.S.

The participating organizations are:

  • American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame
  • American Home Furnishings Alliance
  • American Lighting Association
  • ART, the creative home furnishings network
  • Gift for Life
  • Interior Design Society
  • International Casual Furnishings Association
  • International Home Furnishings Representative Association
  • International Society of Furniture Designers
  • International Textile Alliance
  • Sustainable Furnishings Council
  • WithIt, the women’s leadership development network fot the home and furnishings industry

Thomas Lester is Retail Editor for Furniture Today and Digital/Managing Editor for Home Accents Today. A graduate of Emory & Henry College's Mass Communications program, Lester spent a dozen years working for newspapers in Virginia and North Carolina covering an array of subjects, ranging from community news, government, education, ACC sports, professional baseball and more before joining Furniture Today in 2013. Reach out to me with your story ideas, tips and more at [email protected].