Selina Roberts Ottum Award for Local Arts Leadership

The Selina Roberts Ottum Award—given annually at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention—recognizes outstanding contributions in the local arts agency field. The award honors individuals working in the arts and in arts management who have made a meaningful contribution to their local communities, and who exemplify those leadership qualities that made Selina so special.

The Selina Roberts Ottum Award celebrates and commemorates the life of someone very dear to the arts community in the United States. Selina served as president of the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies from 1984 to 1986 and as a board member from 1983 to 1988. She also served as executive director of the Metropolitan Arts Commission in Portland, OR, (now the Regional Arts & Culture Council) and deputy chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. Selina’s leadership skills were accompanied by her straight-forwardness, humor, honesty, caring, and ability to bring people together. Her work was always important to her, but making the community a better place to live was most essential. To encourage these qualities in those working in the arts, an endowment fund was established to create an annual award in her honor.

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

(The deadline has been extended)

View the award Rules and Regulations.

View the list of Ottum Fund Endowment contributors.