Ends on May 20, 2018

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS – 11:59pm, May 20, 2018

AWARDS CEREMONY – Thursday, October 4, 2018, Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls

The Dutchess County Executive, in collaboration with Arts Mid-Hudson, annually recognizes outstanding people and organizations affecting the arts in Dutchess County. This is the 32nd Anniversary of the Awards, originally founded by then Dutchess County Executive Lucille Pattison in 1986 with a purpose to recognize the individuals and institutions that contribute to the area’s artistic quality.

Awards are offered in 10 categories this year:  

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Patron 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.

Special Citation Award: recognizes a Dutchess-based individual, organization, business, or project for  outstanding contributions to the cultural life of Dutchess County.

Artivist Award: Recognizes a Dutchess-based artist that generously engages the community through their work in 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 service in the arts.

Student with Exceptional Promise in the Arts:  Recognizes a Dutchess County resident that is either a high school or college student and aged 16 through 22 as of October 4, 2018, working or studying in any arts discipline including visual, performing, literary, film/video, and computer, among others. Nominee must be available to attend the event on October 5.  (Note:  Supporting attachments are REQUIRED for nominations in this category.)

Finalists and recipients will be chosen in these 10 categories based upon the level of their artistry, commitment to the art form, commitment to the community and recognition in the field, locally, nationally or internationally.

NOTE THAT RECIPIENTS ARE NOT CHOSEN BY THE QUANTITY OF NOMINATIONS RECEIVED, BUT BY THE QUALITY OF THEIR WORK AND BY THE DEPTH OF WHICH IT BENEFITS THE DUCHESS COUNTY COMMUNITY.

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: 

https://artsmidhudson.org/app/uploads/2018/04/Dutchess-Alpha-Award-list.pdf

Nominations will close automatically at 11:59pm on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

Awardees will be announced in mid June.

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