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.