Rockford Area Arts Awards

The Rockford Area Arts Council, City of Rockford Mayor Thomas McNamara, and Winnebago County Board Chair Frank Haney are pleased to present the Rockford Area Arts Awards, 2019

These awards, a continuation of the Mayor’s Arts Awards, begun by then Mayor John McNamara, will honor the exceptional artists, advocates, organizations and arts supporters who reside in our region.  The awards ceremony will take place Thursday, February 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rockford Art Museum.

Awards will be given in the following categories (click a link to nominate):

Individual Artist: Honors an artist whose achievements and commitment to the arts have generated a significant and positive impact on the community over a period of time

Young Artist: Honors a young artist (ages 16-20) who has positively impacted the community through his or her art

Community Impact:  Honors a business or individual who recognizes the importance of the arts through financial or in-kind support, use of the arts in the workplace and/or volunteerism for the arts.

Creative Arts and Cultural Event Award:  Recognizes an exhibit, performance, festival, series, or special event during the 2018 year (in Winnebago or Boone County) which brought heightened visibility to the arts.


Thank you for your nomination.  

Paper nomination forms are available to pick up at the Arts Council.

All nominations are due February 1, 2019.