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    Arts Council Seeks Nominations for 2017 Community Arts Awards


    Kalamazoo, MI— Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Community Arts Awards.  Applications are available online at  Nominations are due no later than 11:59 pm, Friday, July 14, 2017 through on line nomination. Nomination information is confidential.

    Since 1985, the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo has honored local arts supporters through the annual Community Arts Awards. Awards are presented in seven categories: Community Medal of Arts, Theodore C. Cooper Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service, Business Arts Award,  Adam F. Carter Young Artist Award, Patron Award, Epic Award and Arts Leadership Award.  

    In October 2016, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, the Arts Leadership Award was rededicated in honor of Gayle Hoogstraten, the first paid Executive Director of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.   Her leadership transformed the Arts Council and set the stage for expanded programs, growth and support to local artists and arts organizations.

    The Community Arts Awards will be announced early August and presented during the August 27th Concert in the Park.  The Kalamazoo Children's Chorus will be perfoming as part of the Concerts in the Park and in celebration of the awards.  A post Award/Concert reception will be held at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.  Details regarding the Concert and Reception will be available at a later date.


    “In recognizing and celebrating significant contributions to the arts in greater Kalamazoo, the Community Arts Awards is the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo’s opportunity to continue the tradition of honoring those who have enriched the artistic fabric of Kalamazoo by giving of their time and talent.” says Kristen Chesak, Executive Director, Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.


    Community Medal of Arts

    The CMA recognizes an artist who is a leader in their field, has a significant body of creative activity, who has received local and/or national acclaim, and has impacted on our community through art. This award encompasses all art forms, including but not limited to visual, musical, theatrical, literary, performing, multi-media, architecture or design.


    Theodore C. Cooper Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service

    The recipient is to be a person, persons or group whose lives exemplify a broad range of service to the arts community that it not related to his/her professional occupation. The distinguished volunteer award may be given to any person or married couple.


    Business Arts Award

    The Business Arts Award is presented to honor businesses in Kalamazoo County for their leadership commitment and vision in developing exemplary alliances with the arts and arts organizations. The award recognizes a business for creating outstanding initiatives with the arts and arts organization, furthering the educational development of youth, enhancing the economic vitality of the community and enriching the quality of life in our community.


    Adam F. Carter Young Artist Award

    The Adam F. Carter Young Artist Award is designed to recognize and encourage the next generation of artists in our community. The winner is a student who has had an impact both in their field of study and in our community and is nominated by their arts teacher, director, or a community member. This award is generously supported by the Mary and Brooks Godfrey Family.


    Epic Award

    The Epic Award recognizes a non-profit organization or program within Kalamazoo County that is of high artistic quality and serves to enhance life in our community through the arts. 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.


    Gayle Hoogstraten Arts Leadership Award

    The Arts Leader is an arts educator or arts administrator. The nominee is a recognized leader in the arts and/or the education community with an impact beyond his/her job description, a strong impact on the community through art, and positive and productive relationships in the community outside of his/her institution.



    For more information on the Community Arts Awards and the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, please contact Beth McCann at or call 269.342.5059.


    The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo was founded in 1966.
    Its mission is to enrich and engage the Kalamazoo community through the Arts.





    Previous Community Arts Awards Winners

    Questions regarding the nomination and selection process may be directed to Beth McCann, Deputy Director at or 269.342.5059.

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