The Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission is seeking nominations for the 2020 Mayor’s Arts Award, to be presented at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on April 30, 2020.

The Mayor’s Arts award is presented to a Grand Rapids area business or non-arts organization that has made a significant impact on the Arts in the Grand Rapids area.

Letters of nomination should be addressed to the Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission and may be emailed to Amy Dettmer (adettmer@ci.grand-rapids.mn.us) or mailed or hand-delivered to the Grand Rapids City Hall (420 North Pokegama Avenue, Grand Rapids, MN 55744). Nominations must be delivered no later than 4 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

The criteria for the award include outstanding acts in support of the arts, including significant impact either through a single act of sufficient magnitude or through a variety of activities involving support of the arts over a period of time. Letters of nomination should also consider support and promotion of local arts organizations, programs and individual artists. Some examples include advocacy, community outreach and involvement initiatives such as workplace-based gallery exhibitions, volunteerism, scholarships and a variety of other activities that promote the value of arts and culture in our community. Businesses must be located in the Grand Rapids area. Winners will be notified prior to the award ceremony but the winner will not be announced until the award ceremony

Past Mayor’s Arts Award winners include Grand Rapids State Bank and the Wilcox family (2017), Timberlake Lodge and the Ives family (2018) and Brewed Awakenings (2019). Questions may be directed to Amy Dettmer at 218-327-8821 or by email (adettmer@ci.grand-rapids.mn.us)

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