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Dominion VITA Award

Dominion and WQED Multimedia Partner to Promote the Arts in Southwestern Pennsylvania with a 25th Anniversary Celebration!


The 25th anniversary celebration will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the Renaissance Hotel at 6:00pm. Nominations will not be accepted for this special anniversary as we celebrate the past winners and organizations. Special performances throughout the evening include the Edgewood Symphony, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, ToonSeum and artists from Radiant Hall.

For 25 years, the Dominion VITA (Volunteer in the Arts) Awards, coordinated by WQED Multimedia, has honored dedicated individuals who have given their time and talents to ensure that the arts thrive in our region.

“The VITA Awards recognize the vitality volunteers bring to arts organizations,” said James Mesloh, executive director of the Dominion Foundation. “It is no surprise that Western Pennsylvania has wonderful arts organizations – it has wonderful arts volunteers. Dominion is proud to help honor them.”

Since its inception in 1988 Dominion has honored more than 240 volunteers from more than 170 arts organizations throughout western Pennsylvania. As a result numerous individuals and their organizations have been given recognition on WQED-TV, WQED-FM 89.3 and at the annual VITA Awards reception.

“As the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster, WQED has always relied on volunteers for support,” said Deborah L. Acklin, president and chief executive officer of WQED Multimedia. “Without dedication from members of the community, no arts organization could survive. We are so pleased that with Dominion we have been able to recognize, thank and be the voice for volunteers who have given of their time, talents and energy to support the non-profit arts community in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region.”

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