30th Annual Mayor’s Awards for the Arts Call for Nominations

2021 Mayors Awards Description and Application ]

ST. JOSEPH, MO— Nominations are now open for the 2021 Mayor’s Awards for the Arts, presented by Mayor Bill McMurray and the Allied Arts Council.

The Mayor’s Awards for the Arts are designed to honor and celebrate people and organizations that contribute to the vibrancy of the arts and/or increase access to arts experiences in St. Joseph, Missouri.  We are seeking nominations for artists, arts organizations, advocates, educators, and corporate citizens that contribute to the arts. A panel of arts leaders from across the state selects the award recipients.

“St. Joseph’s vibrant arts
scene not only enriches the lives of our citizens but also boosts our economy – now is the time to recognize leaders in both of these areas,” said McMurray. “In July I look forward to recognizing awardees and to celebrating yet another year of bringing arts and people together in St. Joseph!”

Mayor’s Awards Categories

  • Artist of the Year –  recognizes an established individual artist (in
    any discipline) for artistic excellence

  • Arts Educator of the Year –  recognizes an outstanding contribution to
    arts education instructor at the K-12 or postsecondary level

  • Youth Artist –  recognizes artist 19 years of age or under who has
    demonstrated talent and achievement in one or more artistic disciplines

  • Achievement in the Arts –  recognizes an organization or business that
    excels in supporting and/or enhancing the arts through contributions of
    time, talent or funding

  • Individual Leadership –  recognizes an individual, business, or civic
    leader who has greatly contributed to one or more arts or cultural
    organizations

  • Outstanding Volunteer –  recognizes contributions to one or more arts
    organizations within the past year

Nominations are due in the office by 5 p.m.  June 7, 2021. Submit Application to cathy.ketter@stjoearts.org or mail to Allied Arts Council, 118 South 8 Street, St. Joseph, MO 64501.

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The David H. Morton Memorial Fund for the Arts is now accepting applications for its annual grant to fund a cultural event through April 9, 2021.

The David H. Morton Memorial Fund for the Arts was established in 1986 to pay tribute to Mr. Morton’s leadership in the St. Joseph arts community.  Memorials are accepted at any time and are solicited to commemorate a special event, or just to promote the arts.

The fund can award up to $2,000 to any public or private organization that has received or applied for tax-exempt status.  Projects that may be considered for the grant include, but are not limited to, dance, theater, visual arts, media, music, literature, multi-discipline, arts-related conferences, architecture, and exhibitions.

Criteria include the need for financial support, the potential for creating new audiences or new artistic experiences for audiences, quality of programming, and community-wide impact.

Download the David H. Morton Memorial Fund for the Arts application HERE.

RECENT MORTON FUND AWARDEES

Performing Arts Association – Susan Werner Harmonica Workshop & Public Performance

St. Joseph Museums, Inc. – ArKIDtecture Club

Allied Arts Council – St. Joseph Sculpture Walk (opening reception)

Performing Arts Association – Mesner Puppet Theater & Workshop

South St. Joseph Development Corporation – Building Mural at East elevation of 401 Illinois Avenue

Mosaic Life Care Foundation   – “The Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire”

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