The Artspace Awards recognize the achievements of three individual artists and one arts supporter who have shown a commitment to advancing the arts and enriching their communities. The 2014 Artspace Awards will be presented at Breaking Ground – The Artspace Celebration on Monday, May 19 at The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts in Minneapolis. Named for an artist or an Artspace supporter who dedicated their lives, in part, to making a difference in the arts community and in the larger community as well, awards are given to artists in the following categories:
The Dejunius Hughes Award for Activism
The Su Job Award for Education
The Steve Kramer Award for Community Service
In addition to the Artist Awards, one individual will be selected by Artspace to receive
The Paul Brawner Award for Support of the Arts
Artists who consider one of Artspace’s 35 properties nationwide as their primary place of residence or work are eligible for nomination for the Artspace Awards.
Nominations were accepted Artist Awards beginning January 7, 2014 and are now closed. Nominators must provide a brief narrative (no more than one page) outlining the nominee’s qualifications. Artspace-affiliated artists may nominate themselves. Employees and board members of Artspace may nominate artists, but are not eligible for nomination themselves. Names of the nominators will not be disclosed publicly. The nominations will be accepted through February 28, 2014. The recipient of the Paul Brawner Award will be selected by Artspace. No nominations are being sought for this award.
Artist Award recipients are chosen by a Selection Committee consisting of Artspace staff, Artspace Board of Directors and leaders from the Artspace community who display an understanding of the arts as a tool for community transformation.
The recipient of each Artist Award will attend the Artspace Celebration in Minneapolis (airfare and hotel, if necessary, provided by Artspace). The recipient will also receive a cash award in the amount of $5,000.
Artspace’s mission is to create, foster, and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations. We pursue this mission through development projects, asset management activities, consulting services, and community-building activities that serve artists and arts organizations of all disciplines, cultures, and economic circumstances.
As the acknowledged national leader in artist-driven creative placemaking, Artspace serves artists and invigorates communities of all sizes with a growing portfolio of programs and strategies that benefit the creative community, strengthen neighborhoods, act as catalysts for economic growth and serve as inspiration for artists and communities nationwide.
Nominees for the Artspace Awards should exemplify the mission and vision of Artspace. In addition to criteria for each award, nominees should demonstrate commitment to one or more of the following:
- Community-Building – Individuals who have made significant contributions in building a sense of unity within their community. Nominees should have demonstrated ability in building stronger communities through various activities and programs that help to revitalize areas and make our communities a more desirable place to live.
- Furthering Economic Opportunity – Individuals who demonstrate accomplishments in advancing economic opportunity for their fellow artists and/or members of their community through things such as business training/development programs for artists; creating community partnerships; assisting minority creative businesses; or improving access to resources that facilitate the ability of individuals or groups to take advantage of employment opportunities.
- Advancing Cultural Awareness – Individuals who demonstrate an appreciation for diversity and inclusion and evidence skill in building and maintaining harmonious cross-cultural relationships.
- Promoting the Arts as a Tool for Greater Understanding and Acceptance – Individuals who support or create arts programs that utilize the power of creative pursuits to advocate for positive social change, create a greater understanding of diverse cultures, or provide a forum for a peaceful and free exchange of ideas.
- Dejunius Hughes Award for Activism
This award is presented to an individual artist who has demonstrated a commitment to social justice and/or arts advocacy. Activities may include political or community activism in the areas of arts funding, housing, community development, etc.
- Su Job Award for Education
This award is presented to an individual artist who has displayed a commitment to arts education. Activities may include mentoring, teaching in formal educational settings, community education, promotion of arts appreciation, tutoring, etc.
- Steve Kramer Award for Community Service
This award is presented to an individual artist who has made significant contributions to community building. Contributions should display success in collaboration and forging a strong sense of community within an Artspace building or in the surrounding neighborhood. Nominees should have demonstrated ability in building stronger communities through various activities and programs that help to revitalize areas and make our communities more desirable place to live.