2020 NASAA Leadership Awards

Call for Nominations

The NASAA Leadership Awards program recognizes exemplary leadership and showcases the best practices of state arts agencies (SAAs) and regional arts organizations (RAOs). New this year are two awards to recognize and promote diversity, equity and inclusion policies, practices and programs within the field. All NASAA members are strongly encouraged to submit nominations.

Nominations must be received by August 28, 2020. Nomination forms are linked below.

 

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION (DEI) AWARDS

DEI Agency Award

This award recognizes a state arts agency that has demonstrated innovative and exceptional efforts to be diverse, equitable and inclusive in its work. Achievements may include (but are not limited to) professional development, hiring practices, programmatic initiatives, advancing equitable grant making, awareness raising, policy changes, or other efforts that advance diversity, equity and inclusion. Ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate an emerging or sustained commitment to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

ELIGIBILITY AND SUBMISSION

  • All state arts agencies and regional arts organizations are eligible.
  • Nominations may be made by any SAA staff or council member or any RAO staff or council member.
  • Download the 2020 NASAA DEI Agency Award nomination form.

 

DEI Individual Award

This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership and tireless efforts in addressing and raising awareness about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in their state or region. Achievements may include (but are not limited to) serving as a catalyst for operational, programmatic or policy change; a noticeable respect for differing backgrounds and points of view; a commitment to valuing diversity, equity and inclusion above and beyond the call of duty; or other efforts that advance diversity, equity and inclusion. Ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate an emerging or sustained commitment to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

ELIGIBILITY AND SUBMISSION

  • All individuals who are or have been affiliated with a state arts agency are eligible.
  • Individuals may nominate themselves. Nominations may also be made by any SAA staff or council member or any RAO staff or council member.
  • Download the 2020 NASAA DEI Individual Award nomination form.

 

Distinguished Public Service Award

This award honors an individual whose outstanding service, energy, creative thinking and leadership have had a significant impact on public support for the arts in their state or region.

ELIGIBILITY AND SUBMISSION

 

Gary Young Award

This award recognizes an executive director who has made a significant contribution to public support for the arts in their state or region. Ideal candidates exhibit exemplary leadership, innovative thinking, and a long-standing, sustained commitment to public support for the arts and dedication to diverse artistic expression.

ELIGIBILITY AND SUBMISSION

  • All current and past SAA and RAO executive directors are eligible.
  • Nominations may be made by any SAA staff or council member or any RAO staff or council member.
  • Download the 2020 NASAA Gary Young Award nomination form.

 

If you have questions, please contact Katie Hughes at katie.hughes@nasaa-arts.org or 202-347-6352 x108.