Nominations open for $25,000 local artist award

Sharon Killian was the inaugural recipient of the Artists 360 Creative Impact Award in 2021.

Photo by Kat Wilson / Artists 360

The Mid-America Arts Alliance is seeking nominations for its annual Creative Impact Award which provides $25,000 to one local artist that has shown to be an exceptional contributor and nurturer of the region’s cultural ecosystem.

The award is part of the alliance’s annual Artists 360 program, a Walton Family Foundation-supported initiative aimed at identifying and elevating the Northwest Arkansas area’s leading artists.

Each year the program provides grants of $7,500 to 14 practicing professional artists, and $1,500 grants to six student artists. It also provides five annual $15,000 Community Activator Grants for artists or artist-led collectives, and a $25,000 Creative Impact Award to an individual artist in the region.

Local artist Sharon Killian was the inaugural recipient of the larger award in 2021.

» See all winners from 2021

Anyone living or working in Northwest Arkansas may nominate an individual artist from Benton County, Carroll County, Crawford County, Sebastian County or Washington County. Artists may work in any creative discipline, including but not limited to performing arts, folk and traditional arts, literary arts, visual arts, and multidisciplinary arts. Self-nominations are accepted for the award.

Nominations for the Creative Impact Award are open through June 30, and can be made through an online nomination form.

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