Mayor's Arts Awards

We are looking for nominations for the 2019 Mayor's Arts Awards.

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2019 Mayor's Arts Awards Nomination Packet

Nominations are due by 5:00pm on Friday, September 6, 2019.
Mail or drop-off completed forms to:
City of Ventura
Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships Department
Attn: Mayor’s Arts Awards
501 Poli Street, Room 226
Ventura, CA 93001

For additional information please contact:
Community Partnerships Supervisor, Kathryn Dippong Lawson  •  805-658-4720

Award CategoriesMAA 2018-24

  • Arts Patron - a business or individual whose strong support of the arts has been ongoing through philanthropic and/or volunteer service
  • Artist in the Community - an established individual artist (in any discipline) for artistic excellence and singular efforts in contributing to Ventura's cultural vitality
  • Creative Entrepreneur - a locally owned for-profit business which exemplifies the impact and vitality of Ventura's creative economy
  • Arts Leader - a nonprofit arts professional who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational stewardship, and partnership within the local arts community
  • Arts Educator - an individual or organization whose achievements and contributions to arts education have been significant and far-reaching
  • Emerging Artist - a working artist (in any discipline) under the age of 40 who has demonstrated outstanding promise and commitment to the Ventura arts community (students are ineligible)
  • Student Artist - an active student artist (in any discipline) under the age of 19 who has demonstrated outstanding promise and commitment to the arts.

Selection Criteria

A panel of community members, including representatives from the arts, civic and business communities, will review nominations based on the following criteria:
  • Significance and magnitude of the nominee's contributions
  • Leadership in the arts community and service to the arts over a significant period of time
  • Demonstration of having set a positive example
  • Benefit and impact of the nominee's contribution to the citizens of the City of Ventura
  • Potential contribution to the arts (in the Emerging Artist category)
The panel's selections will be presented to the Cultural Affairs Commission who will make recommendations for the Mayor to approve. The Mayor will announce the honorees on October 7th and present the non-monetary awards at a reception on November 15th.

Past Mayor's Arts Awards Honorees

Mayor's Arts Awards Honoree Archive

For more information about the Mayor's Arts Awards, contact Kathryn Dippong Lawson at