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.

Awards Descriptions

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.

2020 Presenting Sponsors:

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 Honorees

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 Honorees

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 Honorees

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 Honorees

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 Honorees

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 Honorees

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 Honorees

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 Honorees

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 Honorees

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 Honorees

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 Honorees

2009 Cultural Achievement: James Todd and Pat Williams

2009 Business Support for the Arts: The Missoulian

2008 Honorees

2008 Cultural Achievement: Tom & Ann Boone and Ray & Susie Risho

2008 Business Support for the Arts: Advanced Litho Printing

2007 Honorees

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 Honorees

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 Honorees

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 Honorees

2002 Cultural Achievement: John & Sue Talbot, Theresa Cox, James Welch and Barbara Theroux

2000 Honorees

2000 Cultural Achievement: Terry Conrad, Don Carey, Jim Caron and Monte Dolack

1999 Honorees

1999 Cultural Achievement: Jo-Anne Mussulman, Joseph Mussulman and David Nelson


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