Arts United Awards


The Arts United Awards presentation is Northeast Indiana’s premier celebration of the people, organizations and businesses that make significant contributions through arts and culture to communities throughout our region.

The 12th annual Arts United Awards presentation will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2020, 5:30pm-7:00pm, at the Arts United Center (303 E. Main St, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 46802).

A cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available.

Attire: Business Casual

Admittance: Free and open to the public

Nominations for the 2020 Arts United Awards are now open.

Download the nomination form here.

Nominations are accepted from local arts and cultural nonprofits, individuals, businesses and other entities. Nominees are people, nonprofits, businesses or other entities who are making significant artistic and cultural contributions to one or more communities located within the a 12-county region of northeast Indiana that includes Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Miami, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. Previous winners and nominees are eligible to be nominated.

Award Categories:

Margaret Ann Keegan Award (for Arts Education)
Recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to furthering arts education in northeast Indiana. This award is intended to encourage further development of the arts education programs, to increase collaborative efforts between educators and arts organizations, and to increase awareness of the importance of the arts in education.

Emerging Artist
Recognizes a living active artist of any age who has made a significant artistic contribution in the early stages of his or her career.

Emerging Leader
Recognizes an educator, volunteer or advocate who is in the early stages of his or her career as a leader in arts and culture.

Outstanding Advocate
Recognizes an individual, organization, business or foundation that has made a significant contribution to the promotion or development of one or more arts and cultural organization(s) in northeast Indiana.

Outstanding Artist
Recognizes a living active artist of any creative discipline who has made a significant artistic contribution throughout his or her career.

Outstanding Collaboration
Recognizes a partnership between an arts or cultural organization and another arts or cultural organization, nonprofit or business. Sponsorships and donors are not included in this category.

Outstanding Volunteer
Recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to one or more arts and cultural organization(s) and initiative(s) in northeast Indiana through leadership and service.

See past Arts United Award recipients here.