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DMC and ART Announce Hearts Awards

ALA Signs on as Partner, Member Nominations Now Open

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Dallas Market Center (DMC) and the Accessories Resource Team (ART) announced a change to their annual ARTS Awards programming. In an effort to unite the home, lighting, and gift industries, as well as celebrate the accomplishments, creativity and generosity demonstrated by industry leaders during this challenging time, the Hearts Awards will take place Jan. 8, 2021 at the Hilton Anatole.

Along with 11 other organizations, ALA has signed on as a partner of the awards event and corresponding charitable fundraiser. The awards will honor individuals or companies within each partnering association’s membership that have shown outstanding leadership, empathy, and service during the COVID-19 pandemic, by going above and beyond in service to their industry and/or community.

As a Hearts Awards Partner, ALA will submit a nominee from within its membership to be recognized during the event. The organization is currently gathering nominees, and members are encouraged to assist by sending suggested nominees and a brief description of how the nominee meets the award criteria to All nominations must be submitted by Aug. 14. Nominees must be available to attend the Hearts Awards in January.

Charity Fundraiser

Coinciding with the awards, a charity fundraiser will take place to benefit hunger relief. One hundred artists, designers, celebrities, influencers, and special guests will creatively design one-of-a-kind dinner plates to be auctioned to the highest bidder. The auction will begin online in November 2020 ahead of the Hearts Awards and will conclude on the evening of the event.

ALA members can assist with this aspect of the event by submitting suggestions for artists or designers who would like to create a plate for the auction. ALA will be submitting up to five individuals for this project.

Plate artist selections must be submitted by Aug. 1, so please send suggestions to Raelle Bell at by July 28. 

This one-time event will take the place of the annual ARTS Awards, which will return in January 2022.

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