2021 Missoula Arts & Culture Awards Lunch
Due to the rising Delta variant, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 Awards Lunch to Spring 2022 (date TBA). We will recognize the awardees at the rescheduled luncheon. We are extending the deadline and will still be seeking nominations for the 2021 Arts & Culture Awards until January 31, 2022.
Prefer to fill out a paper nomination? Click HERE to download the pdf and email your submission to us.
Established in 1999, these awards demonstrate the importance of the arts as they relate to Missoula’s quality of life by honoring those who have made significant contributions to the arts community. Individuals and businesses may be nominated in five separate categories: Cultural Ambassador, Individual Artist, Arts Educator, Business Support for the Arts, and Cultural Vision.
2020 Missoula Arts & Culture Awards Lunch
Due to COVID-19, we have canceled the 2020 Missoula Arts & Culture Awards Lunch. We very much look forward to recognizing our 2020 award recipients in-person next year when we can safely gather. But for now, we are excited to honor them through a 5-part video series highlighting the accomplishments of these 5 incredible arts advocates. Congratulations to our 2020 winners and nominees, and thank you for your contributions to our community.
We are honored to recognize the following 2020 awards recipients:
John Combs, Arts Educator
Margaret Baldridge, Individual Artist
Blackfoot Communications, Business Support for the Arts
Zootown Arts Community Center, Cultural Vision
Nancy Matthews, Cultural Ambassador
2020 Cultural Ambassador, Nancy Matthews
In part 5 of our 5-part video series, we recognize Nancy Matthews as our 2020 Cultural Ambassador award recipient. Nancy Matthews has had a career rich in travel, art, and diplomacy. She has played an important part in art and cultural exchanges. We are incredibly fortunate that Nancy decided to call Missoula home. She is an extraordinary woman of extraordinary talents. Special thanks to Chuck Leonard, president of the Montana World Affairs Council, for this nomination.
2020 Cultural Vision, Zootown Arts Community Center
In part 4 of our 5-part video series, we recognize Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC) as our 2020 Cultural Vision award recipient. The ZACC is working to make the arts accessible to all in Missoula. They provide many scholarship opportunities to ensure that no one is ever turned away.
2020 Business Support of the Arts, Blackfoot Communications
In part 3 of our 5-part video series, we recognize Blackfoot Communications as Missoula’s 2020 Business Support of the Arts. Generously giving to many nonprofits, Blackfoot Communications is “Giving back, looking ahead”. The company truly demonstrates that being a successful, responsible, community-focused business means supporting the arts.
2020 Individual Artist, Margaret Baldridge
In part 2 of our 5-part video series, we recognize Margaret Baldridge as Missoula’s 2020 Individual Artist. Margaret is a long-time University of Montana Music Professor, Concert Master for the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Leader for String Orchestra of the Rockies, and a member of the international acclaimed Sapphire Trio.
2020 Arts Educator, John Combs
In part 1 of our 5-part video series, we recognize John Combs as Missoula’s 2020 Arts Educator. John is a long-time Music Teacher, Band Director, and most recently, Fine Arts Supervisor for Missoula County Public Schools.
Individual Artist – Given to an artist who has shown exceptional achievement in music, visual art, dance, film/video, theater, performance art, choreography, or music composition.
Arts Educator – Given to a dedicated educator (K-University level) who has devoted a career to teaching the arts in an educational environment.
Business Support for the Arts – Given to a business that has provided long-term support to Missoula arts and cultural organizations
Cultural Vision – Given to an organization, group, or individual who has developed a special project or program that demonstrates unique cultural or artistic vision.
Cultural Ambassador – Given to an individual or couple who has supported Missoula’s arts community or helped to advance cultural diplomacy through volunteer, administrative, philanthropic, professional, or legislative efforts.
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2020 Event Sponsors:
Saluting the Arts in Missoula
Established in 1999, the Missoula Arts & Culture Awards demonstrate the importance of the arts as they relate to Missoula’s quality of life by honoring those who have made significant contributions to the arts community. Individuals and businesses may be nominated in five separate categories: Cultural Ambassador, Individual Artist, Arts Educator, Business Support for the Arts, and Cultural Vision.
Past Award Recipients
2019 Cultural Ambassador: Mark Thane
2019 Individual Artist: Corwin “Corky” Clairmont
2019 Arts Educator: Matt Loehrke
2019 Business Support for the Arts: Kimberley Roth / Merrill Lynch
2019 Cultural Vision: Marc Moss
2018 Cultural Achievement: Sharon Snavely
2018 Individual Artist: James Lee Burke
2018 Arts Educator: H. Rafael Chacon
2018 Business Support for the Arts: Montana Public Radio
2018 Cultural Vision: Charlene Campbell Carey
2017 Cultural Achievement: Stephen Glueckert
2017 Cultural Vision: Roxy Theater
2017 Arts Educator: Karen Callen
2017 Business Support for the Arts: Downtown Missoula Partnership
2017 Individual Artist: Chuck Florence
2016 Cultural Achievement: John Driscoll
2016 Cultural Vision: Clay Studio of Missoula
2016 Arts Educator: Dorothy Morrison
2016 Business Support for the Arts: Flanagan Motors
2016 Individual Artist: Kendahl Jan Jubb
2015 Cultural Achievement: William Marcus
2015 Individual Artist: Stephen Kalm
2015 Arts Educator: Karen Kaufman
2015 Business Support for the Arts: Heather Adams, Downtown Dance Collective
2015 Cultural Vision: Michael McGill, MCT Inc.
2014 Cultural Achievement: Cathy Capps
2014 Individual Artist: Beth Lo
2014 Arts Educator: Tarn Ream & Lisa Deer
2014 Business Support for the Arts: Missoula Federal Credit Union
2014 Cultural Vision: Joel Baird, MCAT
2013 Cultural Achievement: Carol Stovall
2013 Individual Artist: Darko Butorac
2013 Arts Educator: Mohan Kartha
2013 Business Support for the Arts: The Good Food Store
2013 Cultural Vision: Kim Anderson
2012 Cultural Achievement: Herb Swick
2012 Individual Artist: David Horgan
2012 Arts Educator: Carla Getz
2012 Business Support for the Arts: Crossings Collaboration
2012 Cultural Vision: Greg Johnson
2011 Cultural Achievement: Jim & Marci Valeo
2011 Individual Artist: Michael Marsolek
2011 Arts Educator: Dean Peterson
2011 Business Support for the Arts: 103.3 The Trail
2011 Cultural Vision: International Choral Festival
2010 Cultural Achievement: Bruce Micklus, and Don & Pat Simmons
2010 Business Support for the Arts: First Security Bank
2010 Cultural Program of the Year: Amy Martin, Y Music
2009 Cultural Achievement: James Todd and Pat Williams
2009 Business Support for the Arts: The Missoulian
2008 Cultural Achievement: Tom & Ann Boone and Ray & Susie Risho
2008 Business Support for the Arts: Advanced Litho Printing
2007 Cultural Achievement: Lance Boyd, William Kittredge, Jodi Marshall and Laura Millin
2007 Business Support for the Arts: Dana Gallery and Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation
2006 Cultural Achievement: Alayne Dolson, Joseph Henry and Geoff Sutton
2006 Business Support for the Arts: Allegra Print and Imaging and A.L.P.S.
2005 Cultural Achievement: Eugene Andrie, Dana Boussard, Juliette Crump and Annick Smith
2005 Business Support for the Arts: Dollar Rent-a-Car and Gateway Printing
2003 Honorees (Awarded January 2004)
2003 Cultural Achievement: Geoff Badenoch, Sheryl Noethe, Rudy Autio and Gerald Doty
2003 Business Support for the Arts: Southgate Mall and Rockin’ Rudy’s
2002 Cultural Achievement: John & Sue Talbot, Theresa Cox, James Welch and Barbara Theroux
2000 Cultural Achievement: Terry Conrad, Don Carey, Jim Caron and Monte Dolack
1999 Cultural Achievement: Jo-Anne Mussulman, Joseph Mussulman and David Nelson