This is the application form for the Empowered Artist Award for Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties.  This award opportunity is provided by Arts Mid-Hudson.

In order to submit an application, you must first read the Guidelines. Please review these carefully, to determine your eligibility.

For technical assistance in using Submittable or uploading forms, please contact Submittable directly, through the link at the bottom of the form or through the pop-up window that appears.

Word limits are limits, not requirements. Many questions can be answered in fewer words than the limit.

Questions? Email: grants@artsmidhudson.org or call: (845) 454-3222

Empowered Artist Award Resources:

This Final Report form for 2021 Decentralization Grant funded projects will help Arts Mid-Hudson to advocate for continued financial support in our region for the arts. If you have questions about what to submit here, or would like to provide additional information, please email grants@artsmidhudson.org

Final Budget Form (download here)
Sample Photo Release Form (download here) provided for your use, we do not need this form uploaded. By uploading photos below you are ensuring that you have used a photo release form for individuals pictured under 18 years of age.

Questions?  Contact Arts Mid-Hudson Grants Team:
grants@artsmidhudson.org or 845-454-3222.


DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS – 11:59pm, Sunday, June 5, 2022

The Dutchess County Executive, in collaboration with Arts Mid-Hudson, annually recognizes outstanding people and organizations that contribute to the artistic quality and vibrancy of Dutchess County. This is the 35th Anniversary of the Awards, originally founded by then Dutchess County Executive Lucille Pattison in 1986. The awardees are selected from public nominations and we invite you to nominate an individual, organization or business.

AWARDS CEREMONY – Save the date for Thursday, October 6. Details are still being finalized. But whether it’s live or virtual, you can be sure it will be a fun, festive celebration!

Awards are offered in 10 categories this year:  

Art in Public Places: awards a Dutchess-based individual artist, arts organization, school, or community group that has successfully designed and installed a public art project.
Artivist Award: Recognizes a Dutchess-based artist that generously engages the community through their work in the arts.
Arts in Education Award: acknowledges a Dutchess-based educator, teaching artist, arts or educational administrator, school, school district, or organization that, through extraordinary vision and leadership, has expanded or enriched arts education opportunities to students in Dutchess County.
Arts Organization Award: rewards a Dutchess-based arts organization that has made an important contribution to the growth of Dutchess County's cultural life over a significant period of time.
Business/Corporation Award: recognizes a Dutchess County business or corporation that has demonstrated extraordinary support of the arts and/or vision and leadership in using the arts to enhance community life and enrich Dutchess County's cultural heritage.
Individual Artist Award: recognizes an individual residing in Dutchess County, whose achievements in his/her discipline are widely recognized and who has demonstrated a compelling or unique artistic vision.
Patron/Philanthropy Award: recognizes an individual or family residing in Dutchess County, who has/have made a significant contribution to the arts through extraordinary leadership, personal financial commitment or philanthropic activities.
ThinkDIFFERENTLY in the Arts: this award recognizes an individual, business, or organization that follows the initiative launched by Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro that seeks to change the way our community relates to our neighbors with all abilities through the arts.
Volunteer Award: recognizes an individual residing in Dutchess County, who has made a significant contribution to the arts as a board member, volunteer, or through other services in the arts.
Youth with Exceptional Promise in the Arts: Recognizes a Dutchess County resident that is of high school or college-age (16-22) as of October 6, 2022, and working or studying in any arts discipline including visual, performing, literary, film/video, and computer, among others. (Note: Supporting attachments are REQUIRED for nominations in this category.)

Community members will review nominations and select this year's awardees using the following criteria: (note that not all criteria are applicable in all categories):

  • Artistic Excellence/Dedication – For artists and arts programs consider the track record and quality of the nominee’s art-related work. For arts supporters, consider their dedication to the arts or the arts community.   
  • Impact – Consider the impact the nominee has had in Dutchess County and beyond, the extent to which the nominee brings positive recognition to Dutchess County and to which their actions have positively impacted the county's arts and cultural scene.
  • Influence– Consider whether the nominee is visible and well connected. Will they be a draw for the event? Have their ideas positively influenced the Dutchess County arts and cultural scene?


Nominees must be residents of Dutchess County, or corporations/organizations based in Dutchess County.  Nominations may not be made for people, businesses, or organizations who have been honored in that category in the last 5 years, however, if you nominated someone last year who did not win you may nominate them again.  Click here to view a pdf of winner history:

Past Awardees

Nominations will close automatically at 11:59pm on Sunday, June 4, 2022.
Awardees will be announced in late June.

Arts Mid-Hudson