Arts Midwest: Peter Capell Award for Midwestern Creativity & Entrepreneurship

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Arts Midwest: Peter Capell Award for Midwestern Creativity & Entrepreneurship

   

The Peter Capell Award for Midwestern Creativity & Entrepreneurship celebrates Midwesterners whose work demonstrates entrepreneurial thinking and business acumen.
The award recipient will receive a $2,500 unrestricted cash awardNominations for Illinois-based individuals are due September 15, 2022.

Peter Capell served on the Arts Midwest Board of Directors for 23 years and served as Board Chair from 2012 until 2021. During his time as Chair, he led Arts Midwest through the creation and launch of new national programs like Creating Connection; the development of Arts Midwest’s first major giving campaign; and a founder leadership transition. Before retiring, Peter held a number of national and global leadership positions at General Mills in Minneapolis from 1985 to 2012. His work and travels fueled his strong business acumen and entrepreneurial mindset, both of which he brought to his role at Arts Midwest. He is a passionate advocate for creativity and entrepreneurialism, a markedly generous philanthropist, and is deeply committed to strengthening and celebrating the Midwest creative sector.

In honor of Peter’s contribution to Arts Midwest and Midwestern creativity, The Peter Capell Award for Midwestern Creativity & Entrepreneurship has been established as a time-limited award, running for nine years beginning in 2022. The award recognizes Midwesterners working in the creative sector who demonstrate entrepreneurial thinking and business acumen. Over the course of its operation, the award will recognize an individual located in each of Arts Midwest’s nine member states. The award will be open to nominees from one state each year, beginning with Illinois in 2022 and proceeding alphabetically.

The 2022 Peter Capell Award for Midwestern Creativity and Entrepreneurship will be awarded to an individual residing and/or working in the state of Illinois, which includes territories and lands from which people of numerous Native Nations, including the Illini, Dakota, Ho-Chunk, Miami, and Potawatomi Nations, among others, were forcibly removed. Candidates’ work must involve creative and/or cultural programming, and they must demonstrate entrepreneurial thinking and business acumen in expanding access to arts and creativity in their communities. Examples of these traits include, but are not limited to:

  • The identification and pursuit of innovative solutions to issues or problems.
  • A passion for seeking out new opportunities that drive organizational success.
  • Cross-sector partnerships that advance creativity and build communities.
  • Projects, actions, and leadership that lead to strong community impact and advance Arts Midwest’s core values of equity, integrity, and learning.
  • Projects, actions, and leadership that serve communities and populations that have faced marginalization and inequitable access to resources, and that work to break down barriers to access for under-represented and/or under-resourced communities and populations.