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Ordway Seeking Nominations for 2010 Sally Awards

19th annual Sally Ordway Irvine Awards to honor extraordinary achievements in the arts

SAINT PAUL, MINN. - October 7, 2010 - Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is seeking nominations for the 2010 Sally Ordway Irvine Awards.  These prestigious awards, now in their 19th year, provide an opportunity to recognize and honor extraordinary achievements in the arts throughout Minnesota.

"Minnesota's arts scene is so rich and vibrant that it's difficult to keep up with all the great work being done around the state," said Patricia A. Mitchell, Ordway president and CEO.  "We therefore rely on colleagues, arts enthusiasts and citizens to nominate individuals and organizations who have made a significant impact on their community or on their artistic discipline. We want to cast the net as broadly as possible by seeking nominations from all corners of the state."

Each year, one person or organization receives an award in each of the following categories: Vision, Initiative, Commitment, and Education.  Last year's winners were VSA arts of Minnesota (Vision), Bedlam Theatre (Initiative), Myron Johnson (Commitment), and T. Mychael Rambo (Education).  

This year, in recognition of the Minnesota Legacy Amendment, a fifth category has been added: the Arts Access Award.  It will recognize extraordinary efforts to increase the depth and breadth of citizen participation in the arts. "The real focus of the Legacy Amendment has been to make it possible for more people to become engaged in the arts," noted Mitchell. "This award will recognize the importance of increasing access to the arts, complementing the other four categories which focus on the creation of wonderful art."

Nominations for the 2010 awards are being accepted through November 15, 2010.  Individuals and organizations from any artistic or cultural field are eligible, as long as their work took place in Minnesota. Nominees may be artists, professional administrators, volunteers or philanthropists.

After all entries have been received, a selection committee reviews the nominations and selects the four award winners, who will be honored at the Sally Awards ceremony at the Ordway on March 21, 2011.
Nomination forms and additional information are available online at http://www.ordway.org/sallyawards

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