Arts Wisconsin, League of Wisconsin municipalities, Wisconsin Towns Association: Seeking nominations for fourth annual Arts in the Community Awards

Contact: Anne Katz, Executive Director
608-255-8316 | [email protected]

MADISON, WI- Arts Wisconsin, in partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Wisconsin Towns Association, is seeking nominations for the fourth annual Arts in the Community Awards.

These awards recognize elected officials and community leaders and their championing of innovative arts, arts education and/or creative economy projects in their communities. Nominees and their projects should demonstrate ongoing commitment to the arts through local and regional business and government leaders; have broad a diverse community support, and creative approaches to integrating the arts with civic strategies. The awards will be presented to honorees at their affiliated statewide service or advocacy association conferences. At least two awards will be given this year, to an individual from a community with a population of over 20,000, and to an individual from a community with a population under 20,000.

Nominations are due (via email at [email protected]) to Arts Wisconsin by 5 pm on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. The framework for applications are included at the bottom of this press release. The awards are scheduled to be presented at the 2012 Annual Conferences of the League (October 17-19, Wisconsin Dells) and the Towns Association (October 14-16, Green Bay).

The Arts in the Community awards are unique works of glass art designed and created by Matthew Heindl of Maatwerk Studio in Blue Mounds, WI. Previous recipients of the award include Lois Smith and the “Walls of Wittenberg” in Wittenberg, WI, the Hometown Gazette of Clayton, WI, Bill Schierl, President of the Arts Alliance of Portage County, State Sen. Bob Jauch of Poplar, WI, and State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls, WI.

Arts Wisconsin is Wisconsin’s voice for the arts: the premier independent statewide membership organization speaking up and working for the arts, arts education and creative economy across Wisconsin.The organization’s mission, to speak up, advocate for, and advance the arts, creativity and culture throughout Wisconsin, connects and serves the wide-ranging, diverse and creative constituency of people, organizations and communities making the arts come alive in every corner of Wisconsin. More information on Arts Wisconsin is at www.artswisconsin.org.

The League of Wisconsin Municipalities is a voluntary nonprofit and nonpartisan association of cities and villages that acts as an information clearinghouse, lobbying organization and legal resource for Wisconsin municipalities. More information about the League is at www.lwm-info.org.

The Wisconsin Towns Association (WTA) is a statewide, voluntary, non-profit and non-partisan association of member town and village governments in the State of Wisconsin controlled by its Board of Directors. WTA’s purposes are to support local control of government and to protect the interest of towns. WTA provides its members with legislative lobbying efforts, educational programs and legal information. More information about WTA is at www.wisctowns.com.

For more information about the Arts in the Community awards, contact Anne Katz, Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin at 608 255 8316 | [email protected] | www.artswisconsin.org.

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To submit a nomination for the Arts in the Community Awards, please submit via email to [email protected] a description of up to three typed pages, which must include:

-Nominee and nominator contact information
-A description of the program or project, including a discussion of its objectives, goals, outcomes, and supporters
-An explanation of how the community, program or project addresses each of the criteria outlined

Optional attachments:
-Up to three letters of support from relevant civic, business or political leaders
-Up to three pictures/flyers/brochures/examples of promotional info.