Each year ArtsPartners names an ArtsPartner of the Year. This award recognizes exemplary support and service to the local arts which has ultimately resulted in a stronger and more vital cultural arts environment in the Peoria area.   We announce our ArtsPartner of the Year winner at our Annual Meeting held each fall at The Waterhouse in the Maxam Building.   When nominating a candidate, consider the length and breadth of involvement in the arts as well as the impact the candidate’s actions has had on local arts here in the Peoria area. We are looking for candidates who have demonstrated outstanding efforts in the areas of advocacy, education, professional service, volunteer service, or funding of the arts. The nominee does not have to be an artist. The nominee can be an entity, such as a corporation or municipal body.

Submissions due by Friday, September 30, 2016

When sending your Nomination Form, include three (3) additional letters of support via email to admin2@artspartners.net.

Past winners of the award include Jim Maloof (2001); Jim Thrush (2002); Arts Alive! Magazine published by Central Illinois Business Publishers (2003); WTVP-47 (2004); The Peoria Park District (2005); Sally Page of Lakeview Museum (2006); Nita Sunderland (2007); Dr. George and Norma Kottemann (2008); Illinois Central College Department of Arts & Communication and Kathy Chitwood of Eastlight Theatre (2009); Vic Burnett (2010); Jeffrey Huberman (2011); Doug and Eileen Leunig (2012); Bob and Joan Ericksen (2013); Channy Lyons (2014); Joe and Michele Richey (2015).