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2014 Awards: Nominations Process


Missouri Arts Awards Nomination Process

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 2014 Missouri Arts Awards will be presented to recipients in a ceremony on February 5, 2014 at the Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City. 

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!


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. Review the list of prior award recipients to make sure your nominee hasn't already been honored. Online nominations are encouraged with the narrative and supplemental materials. Mail submissions of the nomination or the support material is acceptable and must be postmarked by the deadline.

Missouri Arts Council board members and staff, the selection committee and their families, and past Missouri Arts Awards recipients are not eligible to be nominated.


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.


Submit an online nomination form here

OR send a typed narrative not exceeding two 8-1/2 x 11 pages that includes the following: 

1. Contact information for BOTH nominee and nominator (including name, address, city, state, zip, email and phone number). 

The category in which they are nominated.

  • Arts Education - An individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to arts education either through enhancing the education curriculum within the school system or through creating educational opportunities in the arts outside of the school setting.
  • Arts Organization - An organization that produces, presents or serves the arts.
  • Creative Community - A community (municipality, village or town, business district, tax district, neighborhood association, etc.) that uses the arts to promote economic growth, tourism, business and/or resident attraction, or civic growth.
  • Individual Artist- An artist active in the field of traditional/folk arts, electronic media arts, literature, visual arts, or performing arts.
  • Leadership in the Arts - An individual who has influenced arts policy and/or issues, but is not an artist.
  • Philanthropy - An individual, organization, foundation, or corporation that has demonstrated leadership in funding or raising money for the arts.

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.

The length of time and/or intensity of the activity dedicated to the arts.

Supplemental 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 if submitted online (pdf., .txt, or Word document file) OR on 8.5"x11" paper if submitted by mail. Maximum length seven pages. Do not use sheet protectors. These materials will not be returned.

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.


Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, September 3, 2013. Submit here online

OR mailed nominations and/or support material must be postmarked by Tuesday, September 3, 2013 to: 2014 Missouri Arts Awards Nominations, Missouri Arts Council, 815 Olive Street, Suite 16, St. Louis, MO 63101-1503.

Selection Process

The Missouri Arts Awards 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. The panel selects a limited number of recipients who are honored during a special recognition ceremony in Jefferson City.


Missouri Arts Awards recipients will be selected by committee and approved at the MAC board meeting in late October. Nominators will be informed in writing. The chosen recipients will be honored during a special ceremony on February 5, 2014 at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, usually presided over by the Governor and First Lady.


Contact Virginia Sanders, Missouri Arts Awards Coordinator, at 314-340-6851, TDD 800-735-2966, or artsawards@ded.mo.gov.

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