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Dutchess Arts Awards Nominations

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS – 11:59pm, May 13, 2019

AWARDS CEREMONY – Thursday, October 3, 2019, Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls

The Dutchess County Executive, in collaboration with Arts Mid-Hudson, annually recognizes outstanding people and organizations affecting the arts in Dutchess County. This is the 33rd Anniversary of the Awards, originally founded by then Dutchess County Executive Lucille Pattison in 1986 with a purpose to recognize the individuals and institutions that contribute to the area’s artistic quality.

Awards are offered in 11 categories this year:  

Arts Organization Award:  rewards a Dutchess-based arts organization that has made an important contribution to the growth of Dutchess County’s cultural life over a significant period of time.

Business/Corporation Award:  recognizes a Dutchess County business or corporation that has demonstrated extraordinary support of the arts and/or vision and leadership in using the arts to enhance community life and enrich Dutchess County’s cultural heritage.

Arts in Education Award:  acknowledges a Dutchess-based educator, teaching artist, arts or educational administrator, school, school district or organization that, through extraordinary vision and leadership, has expanded or enriched arts education opportunities to students in Dutchess County.

Individual Artist Award: recognizes an individual residing in Dutchess County, whose achievements in his/her discipline are widely recognized and who has demonstrated a compelling or unique artistic vision.

Art in Public Places: awards a Dutchess-based individual artist, arts organization, school, or community group that has successfully designed and installed a public art project.

Patron Award:  recognizes an individual or family residing in Dutchess County, who has/have made a significant contribution to the arts through extraordinary leadership, personal financial commitment or philanthropic activities.

Special Citation Award: recognizes a Dutchess-based individual, organization, business, or project for outstanding contributions to the cultural life of Dutchess County.

Artivist Award: Recognizes a Dutchess-based artist that generously engages the community through their work in the arts.

Volunteer Award:  recognizes an individual residing in Dutchess County, who has made a significant contribution to the arts as a board member, volunteer or through other service in the arts.

ThinkDIFFERENTLY in the Arts: this award recognizes an individual, business, or organization that follows the initiative launched by Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro that seeks to change the way our community relates to our neighbors with all abilities through the arts.

Student with Exceptional Promise in the Arts:  Recognizes a Dutchess County resident that is either a high school or college student and aged 16 through 22 as of October 3, 2019, working or studying in any arts discipline including visual, performing, literary, film/video, and computer, among others. Nominee must be available to attend the event on October 3.  (Note:  Supporting attachments are REQUIRED for nominations in this category.)

Finalists and recipients will be chosen in these 11 categories based upon the level of their artistry, commitment to the art form, commitment to the community and recognition in the field, locally, nationally or internationally.


Nominees must be residents of Dutchess County, or corporations/organizations based in Dutchess County.  Nominations may not be made for people, businesses, or organizations who have been honored in that category in the last 5 years, however, if you nominated someone last year who did not win you may nominate them again.  Click here to view a pdf of winner history: 

Previous Dutchess County Arts Awards Recipient List

Nominations will close automatically at 11:59pm on Monday, May 13, 2019.

Awardees will be announced in mid June.