Nominate your Favorite Arts Education Leader!

Published: March 3rd, 2018

There are several award opportunities that are available through Americans for the Arts. Award nominations are due March 12, 2018 at midnight EST.

 Three awards which may be applicable to the arts education field are:

  • The Arts Education Leadership Award
  • The Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award
  • The Robert E. Gard Award

 You can find tons of information on the Awards webpages, but I have included summaries of these three awards below:

Presented each year in conjunction with Americans for the Arts’ Annual Convention, the Arts Education Leadership Award is given annually to honor transformational leadership in arts education. The award brings visibility and national recognition to our field’s highest caliber leaders and the organizations and communities they serve.

 Presented each year in conjunction with Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, the Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award honors an individual at the state level whose arts advocacy efforts have dramatically affected the political landscape.

 The Gard Award aims to raise up projects completed in the last year led by individuals or organizations working to cross the arts into other aspects of community life in meaningful, measurable ways. In previous years, after a public voting process, Americans for the Arts awarded the ArtsMemphis Community Engagement Fellowship, an innovative program connecting the arts and civic activation in Memphis, TN, and the Red Can Graffiti Jam, an annual celebration of traditional Lakota arts and culture melded with a hip hop festival and graffiti jam in Eagle Butte, SD.

 The nominations are open for two more weeks (closing March 12, 2018 at midnight Eastern time).

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