SMAC seeks nominations for 2016 Prairie Star & Prairie Disciple awards

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Mezzo-soprano Emily Lodine of Magnolia performs at the SMAC Annual Celebration after accepting her 2014 Prairie Star Award.

The SW MN Arts Council is seeking nominations of artists and arts advocates from the southwest Minnesota region for its 2016 Prairie Star and Prairie Disciple awards.

Since the accomplishments of these individuals are often not widely known or appreciated, SMAC hopes to raise the profile of the arts in our communities and throughout our region by recognizing them publicly.

The Prairie Star Award recognizes an artist whose body of work has made a significant contribution to the arts over an extended period of time and who has best exemplified the highest quality of work in the SMAC region. The work involved may have taken place within the past few years or be an accumulation of life-work.

Recent recipients of the Prairie Star Award include Emily Lodine, Magnolia; Malena Handeen, Milan; Bill Gossman, New London; Robert Whitcomb, Marshall; Dan Rieppel, Cottonwood; and Karen Jensen, Milan.

The Prairie Disciple Award recognizes an individual whose activities and involvement have substantially contributed to the arts in southwest Minnesota. In 2016, SMAC is accepting nominations of teachers/educators only. Again, the activities involved may have taken place within the past few years or be a lifetime of contribution.

Recent recipients of the Prairie Disciple Award include Raeanna Gislason, Willmar; John Voit, Ghent; Jerry Deuschle, Luverne; Tricia Mikle, Worthington; Nancy Geiger, Willmar; and Ruth McKinney, Walnut Grove.

Visit our website for complete lists of past award recipients.

Nomination instructions and forms are available here.   The nomination deadline for both awards is Friday, April 15, 2016.


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