The total contribution or body of work of the nominee and the effect this effort has produced on the cultural climate of the city, region and/or state of Missouri are the primary criteria utilized in the selection of the award recipients.
Arts Education | Consider how the nominee is involved the arts in education, how they impact their students, how they influenced education in their area. Include relevant curriculum, programs, and projects. Demonstrate this with statements from educators, parents, students, administrators, and school board members.
Arts Organization | Consider the artistic quality of their work, how they achieve their artistic mission, how they influenced others in the field, how they collaborate with others, and advocate for the arts. Include examples of exhibitions or performances, statements from the field, and examples of community impact. Demonstrate artistic quality with documentation of their work, formal recognitions, or awards.
Creative Community | Consider the type of community including the nature of the community, size, governance, demographics, character, and market. Describe cultural assets, programs, initiatives, how the community utilizes the arts, how the community supports the arts, and how the arts support the community.
Individual Artist | Consider the artistic quality of their work, the scope of their work, and how they influenced others. Include examples of their work, critical reviews, testimonies, and formal recognition or awards. Demonstrate artistic quality with documentation of their work, its depth and complexity, recognitions or awards.
Leadership in the Arts | Consider the impact of their leadership, how the community benefited, and where they influenced the arts (whether on policies, issues, or growth). Include testimonies, documentation of their leadership, programs, initiatives, statements, and recognitions.
Philanthropy | Consider what arts disciplines they support, the impact of their support on the arts community, and the legacy of their philanthropy. Demonstrate this with examples of philanthropic support and statements.
Nominees must be current Missouri residents or a Missouri-based organization or community. Nominees in the Philanthropic category may be a non-Missouri residents but their philanthropy being honored must benefit a nonprofit Missouri arts organization. We welcome self-nominations.
Past Missouri Arts Awards recipients are not eligible to be nominated. Review the list of prior award recipients to make sure your nominee hasn’t already been honored. (Missouri Arts Council board members and staff and the selection committee and their families are also not eligible.)
Submitting a Nomination
Nominations and support materials are submitted online.
1. Contact information for both nominee and nominator (including name, address, city, state, zip, email and phone number).
2. The category in which they are nominated.
3. The significance and/or magnitude of the nominee’s contribution to the arts. The populations served and recognition brought by virtue of the nominee’s achievements.
4. The length of time and/or intensity of the activity dedicated to the arts.
Nominators may include additional materials, for example, resume, support letters, and news clippings, to illustrate the nominee’s contribution to the arts. All supplemental materials must be submitted as PDF files. The maximum length is 14 pages (which equals seven double-sided sheets).
Nominators may submit multiple nominations. In case of multiple categories for the same nominee, please submit a separate nomination form, narrative, and supplemental materials for each category. Ensure that the narrative and supplemental materials are tailored for each category.
The honorees are selected by an independent panel of distinguished representatives of Missouri’s arts community. The selection of the panel members ensures statewide representation. The designated panel reserves the right to close an award category if nominations do not meet specified criteria.
For More Information
Contact Virginia Sanders, Missouri Arts Awards coordinator, at 314-340-6851, TDD 800-735-2966, or email@example.com.
Tips for a great nomination
Anyone can submit a nomination for an artist, arts educator, leader, organization, philanthropist, and creative community for the annual Missouri Arts Awards. People can even nominate themselves or their own organization.
Creating a compelling case is not difficult. Here are how-to tips from Virginia Sanders, our Missouri Arts Awards coordinator.
- Tell real stories, not just list statistics. “How has your nominee had a lasting effect on someone’s life? How has it helped your community?”
- Small is beautiful. “A small organization, an artist from a small town, an event on a small scale may be having a large impact. A nominee doesn’t have to be big, just worthy.”
- Go beyond dignitaries for your letters of support. “It’s great to have your legislator, but letters from everyday people who have benefited are powerful, too.”
- Be succinct. The maximum length for your narrative is two pages. For support materials, the limit is 14 pages. “For an organization, the narrative should include a clearly written history and stories of how helpful the organization has been.”
- Check your nuts and bolts. “Go back over your application to make sure all your links actually open.”
- Don’t be discouraged if you don’t win this year—come back next year. “Use your first nomination as the basis and update it with your latest achievements.”
Anthony Glise, St. Joseph | 2006 Individual Artist