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
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”