Time to get cultured, ya’ll! To aid promotion of the USA Network Character Approved Awards for 2011, there are some major giveaways going on from the USA Network. Small Screen Scoop is lucky enough to be able to run one. Check out the cool information about the awards and what you can win. This is a great cause to celebrate.

People being honored include Nicole Krauss (you must read “The History of Love” it’s so good I rec’d it to my Granny, even. And yes, I call her Granny) Blake Mycoskie (TOMS shoes!) and Lily Rabe (who is beautiful, omg.)

Blake Mycoskie

Learn why the USA Network (and Small Screen Scoop!) believes Blake Mycoskie is so important! Image: Screen grab from USA Network

Some info, first! On Tuesday March 8th at 11/10c, USA Network will premiere the Character Approved Awards, honoring 12 cultural trailblazers across the areas of Architecture, Art, Design, Fashion, Film, Food, Giving, Music, New Media, Theatre and Writing. The Awards pay tribute to the visionaries and real “characters” from a cross-section of creative disciplines who are changing the face of American culture.

Visit the official Character Approved site at http://bit.ly/CharacterApproved. Watch videos from some of this year’s nominees and enter for a chance to win a Character Approved gift bag below.

Enter for a chance to win a prize pack with items featuring each of this year’s honorees! Gift bag includes:

* Pictures of architect Walter Hood’s and fashion designer Prabal Gurung’s work on an Aaxa Junior Pocket Projector
* Davis Guggenheim’s “Waiting for Superman” on DVD
* Write Nicole Krauss’ book “Great House”
* A $75 gift card for a pair of Blake Mycoskie’s “TOMS Shoes”
* A copy of the play Lily Rabe recently starred in “The Merchant of Venice”
* A copy of “Waste Land” on DVD, an exploration of the work of Vik Muniz
* Designer Emily Pilloton’s book “Design Revolution”
* Janelle Monae’s album “ArchAndroid”
* FourSquare T-Shirt
* A cookbook from chef Grant Achatz’s restaurant Alinea

Prize courtesy of USA Network. Prize pack value: $500


Find the following videos: HERE (And the Lily Rabe one is really endearing. The Walter Hood video made me tear up.)

Writer Nicole Krauss on Building Connections For Her Novels

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim on Becoming a Documentary Director

TOMS Shoes Inventor Blake Mycoskie on Giving Shoes to Children in Need

Walter Hood, Lily Rabe, Vik Muniz, Janelle Monae and more.

– Giveaway ends on March 8th, 2011

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