Advocacy Award

The VAF Advocacy Award recognizes exemplary efforts and achievements on behalf of our vernacular built heritage. The award honors individuals and groups for exceptional contributions toward the interpretation, appreciation, and protection of vernacular buildings and cultural landscapes, and recognizes outstanding initiative, commitment, and action to promote and protect vernacular resources. The award may be made in recognition of a specific effort or the nominee's long-term record.  Awardee will be given two full registrations to the VAF conference and a certificate of excellence.

Eligibility:

Any public or private entity or individual in North America may be nominated.

Past Advocacy Award Winners

See our Tools for Advocacy including links to websites that offer information and advice to help you in your own advocacy efforts.

2020 Advocacy Award Recipient

Patty Gay honored with recognition in Times-Picayune's "300 for ...The 2020 VAF Advocacy Award goes to Patty Gay for her lifetime of commitment to the

historic places and neighborhoods that make up the unique and diverse city of New Orleans. Like many in our field, Patty “discovered” preservation, first as a volunteer and then as a board member for a young Preservation Resource Center. She became the Center’s first director in 1980 and serving through the difficult time of Hurricane Katrina. She retired in 2017.

Please visit the  2020 Advocacy Award Recipient page for more details about about Patty                  Gay.


2021 Call for Nominations

The Vernacular Architecture Forum seeks nominations for the 2021 VAF Advocacy Award. The application deadline is January 4, 2021.

The VAF Advocacy Award recognizes exemplary efforts and achievements on behalf of the vernacular built heritage. The award honors individuals and groups for exceptional contributions toward the interpretation, appreciation, and protection of vernacular buildings and cultural landscapes and recognizes outstanding initiative, commitment, and action to promote and protect vernacular resources. The award may be made in recognition of a specific effort or a long-term record. Awardee will be given two full registrations to the VAF conference and a certificate of excellence.

Eligibility

Any public or private entity or individual in North America may be nominated.

Nominations

Nominations should include the following:

1. A summary paragraph of the nominee’s advocacy effort or highlights of the nominee’s long-term advocacy work.

2. A 1000-word narrative that explains how the nominee’s work has contributed to the appreciation and protection of vernacular buildings and/or cultural landscapes. This narrative should include information about the vernacular resources and their history that were the object of the nominee’s advocacy efforts, emphasizing the public outreach—such as curricula, print media, websites, social media, and public speaking—that is the basis for the nomination.

3. A description of people and organization partners that contributed to the advocacy effort.

4. For advocacy over a career, a timeline or chronology noting the highlights of the nominee’s advocacy.

5. Images of the vernacular resources that were the focus of the advocacy effort and events that contributed to the effort and links to websites or other relevant digital outreach developed for the nominated project.

Submissions

Please submit nomination materials electronically in a single zip file OR as a link to a single downloadable file on a cloud drive to advocacy@vafweb.org. Should the file size exceed 50MB, please communicate with us at the same address.  If you must send a paper or hard copy of your nomination and its supporting documentation, please email us so that we may make alternate arrangements.

Hard copies should be sent to:

Carter L. Hudgins

70 Bull Street

Charleston, SC 29401

The application deadline for 2021 VAF Advocacy Award is January 4, 2021.

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