Awards Program

Applause Awards

The aim of the Applause Awards is to recognize individuals, businesses, organizations and other advocates who have made significant contributions to the arts in the Capital Region through their leadership, commitment, vision and support. These awards are presented annually at our December Holiday Glitter event.


Ted Sondag Individual Leadership Award

The Individual Leadership Award recognizes an individual in the Capital Region who has made significant contributions to the arts or to the mission of the Arts Council through their leadership, commitment, vision and support.

Business Leadership Award

The Business Leadership Award recognizes a business or corporation for their leadership, commitment and vision in support of the arts or to the mission of the Arts Council through contributed know-how, significant financial or in-kind support or development of exemplary alliances that have provided valuable support to artists and/or arts and cultural organizations in the capital region.

Civic Leadership Award

The Civic Leadership Award recognizes the significant contributions of an elected or appointed individual within a city, village, township, county or downtown development authority through their leadership, commitment, vision and support of arts and culture in the capital region.

Individual Artist Award

The Individual Artist Award recognizes an individual who lives in the tri-counties who exemplifies leadership, quality and an expansive work portfolio/resume in any of the following mediums: visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, and/or the design field, who has received local, statewide, and /or national acclaim and has made significant impact on our community through the practice and production of his/her art form.

Arts and Cultural Organization Award

The Arts & Cultural Organization Award recognizes non-profit and public organizations and/or programs within the Capital Region that are of high artistic quality and serve to enhance life in our community through the arts, culture or creativity. The award pays special attention to both long-standing programs and organizations that have played a consistent role in the community and new organizations and programs that meet a previously unmet community need or focus area.

Arts Educator Award

The Arts Educator Award recognizes the work and dedication of an arts educator (elementary, secondary, college/university, and/or community instructor) in helping and mentoring organizations and individuals (youth and/or adults) to uncover a greater capacity to create, connect and deepen artistic pursuits and relationships with their community.

Creative Community Award

The Creative Community Award recognizes significant achievements and projects that exemplify best practices in creative placemaking by any of the following or a combination of the following: individuals, nonprofit organizations, corporations, local municipalities, neighborhood associations, commercial associations, school and/or any other entity.  Award winners will have contributed to the making of great places where ideas, leadership and persistence play a vital role in creating vibrant, thriving and livable places in our region.

                                  Nominations will reopen in August for 2017                           

   

     

 

Award Recipients

2016

Creative Community Award
Allen Neighborhood Center

Arts Educator Award
Laura Weber

Arts & Cultural Organization Award
Keys to Creativity

Individual Artist Award
Chad Badgero

Business Leadership Award
Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau

Civic Leadership Award
East Lansing Arts Commission

Ted Sondag Individual Leadership Award
Julie Pingston

 

2015

Creative Community Award
REO
 Town Commercial Association

Arts Educator Award
Tina Newhauser

Arts & Cultural Organization Award
Impression 5 Science Center

Individual Artist Award
Craig Mitchell Smith

Business Leadership Award
Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP)

Civic Leadership Award
Ingham County Board of Commissioners

Ted Sondag Individual Leadership Award
John Loose

 

2014

Business Leadership Award
Lansing Community College
Dr. Brent Knight

Civic Leadership Award
Nathan Triplett
Mayor of East Lansing

Individual Leadership Award
Nancy & Gary McRay 

2013

Business Leadership Award
City Pulse
 
Individual Leadership Award
Joan & Jerry Mattson
 
2012

Business Leadership Award
Warmels & Comstock, PLLC
 
Individual Leadership Award
Nancy Austin Dixon
 
2011
 
Business Leadership Award
Peckham, Inc.
 
Individual Leadership Award
John & Beverly O'Malia
 
2010
 
Business Leadership Award
Jackson National Life
 
Individual Leadership Award
Selma & Stanley Hollander
 
2009

Business Leadership Award
Sutton Advisors
 
Individual Leadership Award
Walt Sorg
 
2008
 
Business Leadership Award
MSU Federal Credit Union
 
Individual Leadership Award
Kevin & Lauri Draggoo
 
2007

Business Leadership Award
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
 
Individual Award
Chuck Hillary

2006
 
Business Leadership Award
Lansing Community College
 
Individual Award
Suzanne B. Mills

2005
 
Business Leadership Award
CATA
 
Individual Award
J. Irv Nichols

2004
 
Business Leadership Award
Keystone Design Group

Individual Award
Basement 5 Plus
 
2003
 
Business Leadership Award
City of Lansing and Lansing Board of Water and Light
 
Individual Award
Pat Munshaw
 
2002
 
Business Leadership Award
General Motors Lansing Operations
 
Individual Award
Bob Mellor
 
2001
 
Business Leadership Award
Parish Corporation
 
2000
 
Business Leadership Award
Saper Galleries
 
Individual Award
Mary West