2305 N. 7th Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
Phone 318.397.6717

Arts Awards

In 1986 the Arts Council began recognizing local businesses for their support of the arts in Region 8 with the Business ART (BART) Award. In 1989 the Arts Council added the Volunteer of the Year Award. Additional categories have been added through the years with the current categories of the BART Award, the Volunteer of the Year Award, an Artist of the Year Award for both Visual Arts and Performing Arts, and the Emerging Artist of the Year Award. The newest addition in 2022 is Arts Educator of the Year.

Nominees are submitted by individuals and organizations throughout Region 8. Winners are selected by panelists from outside of Region 8. Periodically, the Arts Council Board of Directors selects an outstanding individual or organization who they feel has performed long term service of such value that it has had a dynamic impact on the cultural face of Region 8. This award, given on an irregular basis, is named after long time local arts lover and advocate Mary Lee Milam.


Arts Educator of the Year Nominations

The Arts Council is excited to celebrate our Arts Educators in Region 8 by partnering with local sponsors to add Arts Educator of the Year as a new piece of our annual Arts Awards celebration. The purpose of this annual award is to promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for Arts Education as well as to honor those individuals who are making a real difference in our community through their dedication to Arts Education.

Nominees must be Art Educators in a public, private or parochial school classroom setting in Grades K-12, in the region that is served by the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council. Educators must lead an art program in one of the following disciplines as per the National Standards for Arts Education: dance, music, theatre and the visual arts. The honored Educator will be selected from a field of finalists by a panel of qualified judges from outside Region 8. All finalists will be recognized during the Arts Awards banquet. The winner of the award will receive $1000 to be used in their specific art program at their school.

Nominations must be submitted by January 31, 2022.
Anyone can nominate a music or art educator for the award.
Former recipients of the award are not eligible to win in consecutive years.


Arts Educator of the Year Nomination Form

First Name *
Last Name *
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Address Line 1 *
City *
State/Province *
Postal Code *
Number of years experience in art education (if known)
Number of years at current position (if known)
First Name *
Last Name *
Country
Address Line 1 *
City *
State/Province *
Postal Code *
The person submitting this nomination is:
How has this educator made a lasting difference in the lives of students from a variety of backgrounds and abilities? (suggested response length: 1-2 paragraphs)
Give examples of how this educator routinely goes "above and beyond the call of duty” by extending efforts with students outside the classroom? (suggested response length: 1-2 paragraphs)
How has this educator made a significant impact on their community through art education? (suggested response length: 1-2 paragraphs)
How does this educator inspire students to reach appropriately high levels of artistic understanding and ability? (suggested response length: 1-2 paragraphs)
How has this educator instilled a lifelong appreciation of art in their students? (suggested response length: 1-2 paragraphs)
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COMPLETE
1) The Nomination Form
2) Upload up to 3 optional Supplemental Materials

Supplemental materials are not required for the Arts Educator of the Year Award however, they can strengthen your nomination. If you choose to include supplemental materials (press clippings, programs, slides, videos, photographs, etc.) they must be uploaded at the time of submission of the nomination form.  NO supplemental materials will be accepted after nomination submission.  Any external video links should be copied and pasted to the text box below the click and drag box for Panel Review. 

YOU SHOULD RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL UPON NOMINATION SUBMISSION.  CHECK YOUR SPAM/JUNK FOLDER IF YOU DO NOT SEE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL. 

DEADLINE: Monday, January 31, 2022 – 12:00 Noon
Nominees and nominators will be notified of the selection of the finalists by mid February 2022.
Questions? Please contact Abigail Handy (318-397-6717 or abigail@nelaarts.org).

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