Community Arts Award

Since 1985, the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo has been proud to recognize the exceptional artists, arts organizations, and arts supporters in the Kalamazoo area through the Community Arts Awards (CAA). Their talents and skills deepen the artistic richness of our community.

We are now accepting nominations for 2022!
Do you know someone who is a leader in the arts, volunteers their time in the arts, or is a talented youth with a promising future in the arts, or building an exceptional body? Or perhaps you know of a local business that consistently supports or advocates for our local arts scene? If so please nominate them for a 2022 Community Arts Award. Read the full list of the Award categories and descriptions below.

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make a 2022 nomination



Join Us at the Celebration!

gull lake center for fine arts

Be sure and save the date! The 2022 Community Arts Award Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at the Gull Lake Center for the Fine Arts. The event is free to attend, but RSVPs are appreciated. We will update this page with more information as the event gets closer.



2022 Community Arts Award Descriptions

Community Medal of Arts
The Community Medal of Arts award recognizes an individual for their significant creative contributions and leadership in the arts. This lifetime achievement award also highlights an artist who has received acclaim on a local or national level and who has made a tremendous impact 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.

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. It is named after a young artist whose life was cut short but whose impact on the arts community in Kalamazoo transcended age. This recipient should be a rising high school junior or senior, or a college freshman, who has made an impact on their artistic field of study as well as in our community. The recipient of this award will receive a monetary scholarship to be used to further their artistic study. This award is generously supported by the Mary and Brooks Godfrey Family.

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.

Epic Award
The Epic Award recognizes a nonprofit 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 Awards
The Gayle Hoogstraten Arts Leadership award recognizes leaders in our community in two categories: Arts Educations and Arts Administration. 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. This award is named after the first full-time Executive Director of the Arts Council of greater Kalamazoo.

Patron Award
This award acknowledges an individual or couple who have significantly contributed to the arts as patrons. Through their patronage, they have made a sustained and/or transformational impact in this community through their support of the arts.

Theodore C. Cooper Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service
The Theodore C. Cooper Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service is awarded to those whose lives exemplify a broad range of service to the arts community. The recipient is an individual, individuals, or a group whose service to the arts is unrelated to his/her/their professional occupation.



View the 2021 Community Arts Award Show and Program!
For a list of previous CAA winners, please click here (PDF)