Big Muddy Folk Festival by Friends of Historic Boonville, 1984 Honoree | photo, Buzz Keiper

How to Nominate for the 2018 Missouri Arts Awards

Celebrating Arts Heroes

Help us recognize Missourians who have made profound and lasting contributions to the cultural and artistic climate of the state. We need arts teachers who inspire a child for a lifetime; communities where the arts make it a great place to live, work and create; leaders who make things happen; artists and arts organizations whose creativity makes us glad to be alive; and philanthropists whose generosity makes it possible.

The Missouri Arts Council presents these awards every year, and the need for arts heroes never stops. You may be one yourself. Don’t let your arts heroes be invisible!

Nominations for the 2018 awards are open now. They close at noon on Monday, August 28.

Honorees are selected by an independent panel of distinguished representatives of Missouri’s arts community throughout the state. Selections are approved at the Missouri Arts Council board meeting in late October and announced in November.

The 2018 recipients will be honored at a ceremony on February 14, 2018 at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.


Arts Education | Individual or organization that has made significant contributions to arts education either through enhancing the education curriculum within the school system or through creating educational opportunities in the arts outside the school setting

Arts Organization | Outstanding organization actively producing, presenting, or serving the arts

Creative Community | Community (municipality, village or town, business district, tax district, neighborhood association, etc.) that uses the arts to promote economic growth and/or attract tourism, businesses, or residents

Individual Artist | Outstanding artist creating traditional/folk art, electronic media, literary, visual, or performing arts

Leadership in the Arts | Individual who has significantly influenced the arts as a leader

Philanthropy | Individual, organization, foundation, or business that has made a significant contribution to the arts as a philanthropist

Barbara Berner, artistic director and CEO, The St. Louis Children’s Choirs | 2017 Arts Education honoree | photo, Lloyd Grotjan


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.


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.)

Submit a Nomination

Nominations and support materials are submitted online.

Information Required

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.

Support Materials

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 in electronic form (pdf, txt, or Word document file). The maximum length is seven pages.

Multiple Nominations

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.

Selection Process

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