Submit Nominations for the 2021 Annual Leadership Awards

You can nominate an arts leader from your community for the Americans for the Arts' (AA) 2021 Annual Leadership Awards! These awards recognize the achievements of individuals, organizations, or programs committed to enriching their communities through the arts and will be acknowledged in conjunction with the Annual Convention happening virtually June 7-11. Nominations close Monday, March 29, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. ET so be sure to get your nominations in now.

Award categories include the Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award, the Arts Education Award, the American Express Emerging Leaders Award, the Michael Newton Award, and the Selina Roberts Ottum Award. You must be a member of Americans for the Arts to submit nominations; nominees, however, are not required to be members of Americans for the Arts. Members must log in to their Americans for the Arts account to submit a nomination.

You can submit nominations here:

Each award has its own evaluation criteria. Be sure to review the rules and regulations for each award before submitting your nomination. Visit the Annual Awards page for more information or to submit a nomination. Questions? Send an e-mail to [email protected] or call (202) 371-2830 for assistance.

Ernesto Balderas


Communications Director [email protected]