9 Days Left: Cast Your Nominations Now for the St. Louis Visionary Awards

By Krystin Arneson
In Culture

The call for open nominations for the 2016 St. Louis Visionary Awards has just nine days left before closing—so if you know a leading lady in the STL arts scene, now’s the time to cast her name into the ring.

The annual award celebrates women making an impact in their creation, facilitation or other support of the arts and encourages diversity in age, style and race. Categories include Major Contributor to the Arts, Outstanding Teaching Artist, Emerging Artist, Outstanding Arts Professional, Outstanding Working Artist and Community Impact Artist. Awards will be presented April 25, 2016 at The Sun Theater in a ceremony co-hosted by Deborah Patterson and Cynthia Prost.

The 2015 nominees | photo by Victoria Lafferty

The 2015 nominees | photo by Victoria Lafferty

Last year’s honorees were Thelma Steward, Major Contributor to the Arts; Kelly Pollock, Outstanding Arts Professional; Amy Kaiser, Successful Working Artist; Ilene Berman, Community Arts Educator; Shualee Cook, Emerging Artist; and Freida L. Wheaton and Cecilia Nadal, Community Impact Artists.

The Community Impact Artist award was created after Ferguson’s events last year. It focuses on honoring an artist who uses her field to “break down barriers and stimulate the community to be more than it is and be all it can be.”

“Art has always been a way that this country has been able to deal with our problems,” said Burke last year. “We can understand each other because we can speak through the art, which becomes a nonthreatening way to understand people. I believe that this is a way we can hear our city.”

Nominate candidates by going to vizawards.org. Nominations close Oct. 14. For more on the awards, check out our story about the 2015 awards. 

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