The inaugural IrishCentral Creativity & Arts Awards are kicking off on Friday, February 9 at the American Irish Historical Society in New York City, and you can join in on the fun via Facebook Live! 

On February 9, in New York City, IrishCentral's Creativity & Arts Awards will reveal who has been chosen by the public and experts in the specific fields to win a top honor in the Irish community. The inaugural IrishCentral Creativity & Arts Awards honor the excellence and innovation of the Irish creative community in America.

Forty-four creative Irish leaders in the US have been nominated across eight categories: Media & Innovation, Voice of Today,  The Written Word, The Screen, The Stage, Fashion & Design, Visual Art, and Irish Centers & Festivals.

Friday night, the nominees will be feted and the winners announced! Tickets for the awards ceremony are sold out, but you can watch the winners accept their awards and enjoy special performances via the live stream on TG4's Facebook page and IrishCentral's Facebook page

TONIGHT! Watch the IrishCentral Creativity & Arts Awards live on Facebook from 7.30pmEST.

Posted by IrishCentral.com on Friday, February 9, 2018

A special award will be presented to Grammy-Award-winning folk singer Susan McKeown, founder and executive director of the Cuala Foundation that promotes diaspora cultural well-being through the CualaNYC festival and other projects.

The IrishCentral Creativity and Arts Awards sponsors include TG4, Féile 30, Irish American Writers & Artists, Slane Irish Whiskey, American Irish Historical Society, and Irish Network USA.

Media & Innovation

Read more: Cast your vote for the top Irish leader in Media & Innovation

"Media & Innovation" - Nigel Eccles, Founder FanDuel and Entrepreneur

"Media & Innovation" - Nigel Eccles, Founder FanDuel and Entrepreneur

"Media & Innovation" - Samantha Barry, Editor-in-Chief, Glamour

"Media & Innovation" - Samantha Barry, Editor-in-Chief, Glamour

"Media & Innovation" - Paul Quigley, Founder & CEO of Newswhip

"Media & Innovation" - Paul Quigley, Founder & CEO of Newswhip

"Media & Innovation" - Dermot McCormack, Founder SNKR Inc

"Media & Innovation" - Dermot McCormack, Founder SNKR Inc

"Media & Innovation" - Claire McHugh, Axonista

"Media & Innovation" - Claire McHugh, Axonista

Voice of Today

Read more: Cast your vote for the top Irish Voice of Today

"Voice of Today" -  Maeve Higgins, Comedian & Maeve in America podcast

"Voice of Today" - Maeve Higgins, Comedian & Maeve in America podcast

"Voice of Today" - Christine Kinealy, Historian, Author and Founding Director of Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University

"Voice of Today" - Christine Kinealy, Historian, Author and Founding Director of Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University

"Voice of Today" - Maureen Dowd, New York Times

"Voice of Today" - Maureen Dowd, New York Times

"Voice of Today" - Shannon Downey, Badass Crossstitch

"Voice of Today" - Shannon Downey, Badass Crossstitch

The Screen

Read more: Cast your vote for the top Irish in Film & Television

"The Screen" - ‘No Stone Unturned’ – Alex Gibney.

"The Screen" - ‘No Stone Unturned’ – Alex Gibney.

"The Screen" - Irish Screen America

"The Screen" - Irish Screen America

"The Screen" - ‘Emerald City’ - Colin Broderick.

"The Screen" - ‘Emerald City’ - Colin Broderick.

"The Screen" - ‘Rocky Ros Muc’ – Michael Fanning and Máire Breathnach

"The Screen" - ‘Rocky Ros Muc’ – Michael Fanning and Máire Breathnach

"The Screen" - ‘SMILF’ - Frankie Shaw

"The Screen" - ‘SMILF’ - Frankie Shaw

Fashion & Design

Read more: Vote for the top Irish in Fashion & Design

"Fashion & Design" - Don O’Neill - THEIA COUTURE

"Fashion & Design" - Don O’Neill - THEIA COUTURE

"Fashion & Design" - Margaret Molloy - #WearingIrish

"Fashion & Design" - Margaret Molloy - #WearingIrish

"Fashion & Design" - Clodagh – Interior Design

"Fashion & Design" - Clodagh – Interior Design

"Fashion & Design" - Ciaran McGuigan and Shane McGuigan – Orior New York

"Fashion & Design" - Ciaran McGuigan and Shane McGuigan – Orior New York

Irish American Centers and Festivals

Read more: Cast your vote for the top Irish Community Centers & Festivals

"Irish American Centers and Festivals" - ‘Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger' - Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University

"Irish American Centers and Festivals" - ‘Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger' - Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University

"Irish American Centers and Festivals" - Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany

"Irish American Centers and Festivals" - Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany

"Irish American Centers and Festivals" - Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary Good Friday Agreement – Irish Cultural Center McClelland Library, Phoenix, Arizona

"Irish American Centers and Festivals" - Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary Good Friday Agreement – Irish Cultural Center McClelland Library, Phoenix, Arizona

Los Gatos Irish Writers & Artists Festival

Los Gatos Irish Writers & Artists Festival

"Irish American Centers and Festivals" - The Celtic Junction Arts Center and Eoin McKiernan Library, Minnesota

"Irish American Centers and Festivals" - The Celtic Junction Arts Center and Eoin McKiernan Library, Minnesota

Read more about the IrishCentral 2018 Creativity & Arts Awards here

IrishCentral Arts & Creativity Awards