Celebrating Arts Heroes
Every year since 1983, through our annual Missouri Arts Awards, the Missouri Arts Council has honored our state’s arts heroes—people, organizations, and communities who have made profound contributions to the culture of Missouri. We recognized seven of those heroes on February 7, 2018 at our 36th Missouri Arts Awards ceremony, taking place at the Capitol in Jefferson City. Who should be next? We won’t know without you!
Throw your arts hero’s hat into the ring for the 2019 Missouri Arts Awards by making a nomination any time from now until noon on Monday, August 27, 2018.
Honorees are selected from public nominations by an independent panel representing Missouri’s arts community throughout the state. The panel’s choices are approved at the Missouri Arts Council board meeting in late October and announced in November. The awards are presented in a ceremony at the Capitol the following February.
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 significant donations to the arts