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December 3, 2019

Sheila Walk, 217.753.3519
Julia Frevert, 217.789.2235


Springfield, Illinois – The City of Springfield and the Springfield Area Arts Council have announced the opening of the nomination period for the 20th Mayor’s Awards for the Arts.  These awards recognize outstanding talent in and dedication to the arts in Sangamon and Menard counties, the area served by the Springfield Area Arts Council.   The seven award categories include Individual Visual Artist; Individual Performing/Literary Artist; Arts Organization; Arts Volunteer; Arts Educator; Arts Student; and Business Committed to the Arts.

The deadline for nominations is 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 30, 2019.  Nomination forms for the Mayor’s Awards for the Arts are available online at ( and Hard copy nomination packets are available at the reception desks at the Hoogland Center for the Arts box office (420 S. 6th Street), Lincoln Public Library (326 S. 7th Street), Petersburg Public Library (220 S. 6th Street), and Springfield’s Municipal Center reception desk (300 S. 7th Street). Packets also can be requested via e-mail at

There is no cost to nominate and there is no limit to the number of nominations that may be submitted by a person. However, separate forms must be used for each nomination. Nominations may be submitted for previous nominees who have not been award recipients.

Since the first presentation in 1985, 94 awards have been presented to individuals, organizations, and businesses.  The complete listing of previous winners is attached.

The awards selection committee, appointed by the mayor, will review the nominations and select the award recipients in the designated categories.  The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Monday, January 13, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. in the LRS Theater at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.  The winners also will receive artwork created by a commissioned Sangamon or Menard county artist, a tradition of the Mayor’s Awards for the Arts program.  The public is invited to the ceremony and complimentary reception.

For additional information about the program and nomination process, please call the Arts Council office at 217.753.3519.