Prairie Disciple Award

The Prairie Disciple Award ($1,000) provides awareness and recognition of one individual per year from southwest Minnesota, whose activities and involvement have substantially contributed to the arts over an extended period of time. The accomplishments of arts advocates working in the region are often not widely known or appreciated. In recognizing these individuals publicly, the awards will raise the profile of the arts in their community and throughout the SMAC region.

A woman standing in front of young violin and cello players speaks into a microphone.

2022 Prairie Disciple Melanie Loy of Worthington.

Fiscal Year 2025

(July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025)

 

Nomination Guidelines & Questions    (editable document for draft writing)

 

Nominations must be submitted through our online grant system.  LOG IN to begin your nomination.

Video Tutorial for Online Grant System

 

Nomination Deadline: April 15, 2025
SMAC Board action regarding the nominations will take place April 22, 2025.

Past recipients include:

2023 – Lee Kanten, Ortonville
2022 – Melanie Loy, Worthington
2021 – Rosemary Glesener, Bird Island
2020 – Julia Iverson, New London
2019 – Linda Clarksean, Alpha
2018 – LeAnn Atchison, Clara City
2017 – Andy Kahmann, Montevideo
2016 – Brian Pearson, New London
2015 – Raeanna Gislason, formerly of Willmar
2014 – John Voit, Ghent
2013 – Jerry Deuschle, Luverne
2012 – Tricia Mikle, Worthington
2011 – Nancy Geiger, Willmar
2010 – Ruth McKinney, Walnut Grove*
2009 – Joe Paddock, Litchfield
2008 – Violet Risch, Appleton
2007 – Bob Whitney, New London
2006 – Carol Westberg, Montevideo
2005 – Louise Mack, New London*
2004 – Patrick Moore, Montevideo
2003 – (no award)
2002 – Karen Reede, Marshall
2001 – Rallah Madison, Lismore
2000 – Mercein Holzemer, Madison*
1999  – (no award)
1998 – Ben Vander Kooi, Luverne
1997 – Tina Anderson Richards, Walnut Grove
1996 – Patricia Enger, Marshall
1995 – Vernon Stevens, Dawson*

*deceased

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