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 for 2017 in August