Arts Education Award

Presented each year in conjunction with Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, the Arts Education Leadership Award is given annually to honor transformational leadership in arts education. The award brings visibility and national recognition to our field’s highest caliber leaders and the organizations and communities they serve.

The award is presented by Americans for the Arts’ Arts Education Network, which is designed to provide services to the diverse range of professionals working in the field of arts education and to develop strategies and tools to improve education.


The Arts Education Leadership Award is presented to an individual* who works with arts education in either an in-school or out-of-school capacity, and can demonstrate the following:

  1. recognizes a need or opportunity for arts education in the community;
  2. creates a shared vision for arts education in the community and enlists partners to achieve it;
  3. transfers the vision into planning, implementation, and evaluation with high and measurable expectations; and
  4. plans for adaptability and leadership transition within the task, project, program, or organization.

Nominators: please address these specific criteria points in the statement of nomination section of the application. Please be as specific and descriptive as possible.

Rules and Regulations

Nominations Close at 5:00 p.m. EDT on March 18, 2014

(The deadline has been extended)

* Please note that in 2013, the award was changed to honor individuals instead of organizations. Leaders of organizations who have previously won the award are not eligible to win. Additionally, public officials with a role in education (mayors, school boards, district leaders, teachers, etc.) are also not eligible to win this award. The Arts Education Network seeks to honor individuals from the community (artists, parents, funders, and leaders of community or arts organizations, etc.) who demonstrate leadership in arts education.

For questions about the award and criteria, please contact the Arts Education Network.