2016 Arts Award Honorees, presented by the First Niagara Foundation
ArtsWestchester invites you to nominate an individual or organization for the 2017 Arts Award. The Award recognizes those whose vision, commitment and leadership in the arts enrich Westchester, its communities and the lives of its citizens.
1. Submit a letter of intent to nominate. Please write a concise but specific letter describing why you think the candidate merits the Arts Award. Your letter should be no more than two 8 1/2 x 11 pages; 12 point type; wide margins.
- Include your contact information (address, email and daytime telephone number).
- Begin your letter by indicating the Arts Award category your candidate best fits.
- Contact information for the individual or organization you seek to nominate.
ArtsWestchester will review the submissions and select those that we will invite to submit a full nomination.
Deadline: All letters of intent to nominate must be postmarked or received by email by December 15, 2016.
Send hard copy to:
Lauren Brady, Programs Department, ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601 or email: email@example.com
2. Submit a nomination. ArtsWestchester will review all letters of intent that are submitted by the deadline. We will invite those selected to submit a complete nomination, which may include a brief but detailed description of the nominee’s accomplishments, a bio, and work samples. Instructions on how to submit will be provided at that time.
ArtsWestchester will present the Arts Award at the annual Arts Award Luncheon in late April 2017; nominees must be present to accept the award.
Arts Award Categories
Arts Patron: A person who lives or works in Westchester County and has made a significant contribution to the arts through his/her extraordinary leadership, personal commitment, and philanthropic activities, providing consistent support of the arts without direct financial compensation to advance the arts in Westchester.
Artist: An artist who lives or works in Westchester County, and whose achievements in his/her discipline are nationally recognized. Candidates must have produced a significant body of work that demonstrates a unique and compelling vision that has had an impact on the cultural world and on the general public.
Arts Organization. A Westchester County non-profit arts organization that has made important contributions to the growth of Westchester’s cultural life over a significant period of time and has had an impact beyond its immediate community.
Community: An artist, individual group organization or agency that has demonstrated extraordinary vision and leadership in using the arts to enhance community life, increase access to cultural experiences, or to enrich the county’s cultural heritage. Candidates have a long-standing involvement in the arts rather than involvement in a one-time initiative.
Education: An artist, individual, group, school district, or organization who, through extraordinary vision and leadership, has enriched education in Westchester. Generally, honorees demonstrate a significant level of accomplishment over and above the standards of excellence in their profession.
- ArtsWestchester is open to a broad and diverse definition of “art.”
- You may nominate more than one candidate or re-nominate a person or organization that had been nominated in the past. Self-nominations are accepted, however nominations from the community may be more competitive.
- Previous awardees are eligible for nomination provided that five years have passed since their last award.
- Award recipients are expected to accept the award in person at the luncheon that is scheduled for April 2017.
- A panel will review nominations and select awardees. The panelists represent a diverse range of experience and points of view.
- The panel will base its recommendations on the completed nominations submitted.
- The panel may recommend more than one award in a category.
- The panel may use its discretion to move a nomination into a category in which it may be more competitive. If this is the case, ArtsWestchester will make every effort to inform the nominator.
- Frequently, several nominations are received for one candidate. While the panel may consider multiple nominations a sign of strong community support, the panel’s decision is based upon it overall assessment of merit.