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