118 Cotton Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
Phone 318.397.6717

Congrats 2023 Arts Awards Nominees & Winners!

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, an Artist of the Year Award for both Visual Arts and Performing Arts, the Emerging Artist of the Year Award and Region 8 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.

The 2023 Arts Awards Winners Are:

The BART Award - Origin Bank

Volunteer of the Year - Roxanne Santos

Performing Artist of the Year - Beaux Coleman

Edmund Williamson Visual Artist of the Year - K'Shana Hall

Region 8 Arts Educator of the Year - Matthew Knopps

The Mary Lee Milam Award - Jorenda Stone

The Arts Council is excited to celebrate our Arts Educators in Region 8 by partnering with local sponsors to add Region 8 Arts Educator of the Year as a part 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 Arts Educators in a public, private or parochial school classroom setting in Grades K-12, in one of the parishes served by the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council. Those parishes are: Lincoln, Caldwell, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union, and West Carroll. 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.

*Anyone can nominate an Arts Educator for this award. Former recipients of the award are not eligible to win in consecutive years.


Our Partners

Supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support provided by the City of Monroe and the City of West Monroe.

118 Cotton Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
Phone 318.397.6717

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