Mildred L. Harpole Artists of the Year Award
In 1995, then Milwaukee Arts Board chair Alderman Wayne Frank created the Artist of the Year Award. In 2003, the award was changed to Artists of the Year to honor two artists annually. In 2020, the Arts Board renamed the award to honor the late Mildred L. Harpole, a longtime member of the Milwaukee Arts Board. Recipients are announced through a press release in April and are recognized at the annual Arts Celebration in June. In 2023, they will receive an honorarium of $1,500.
Friends of the Arts Award
In 2012, the Arts Board created a new award, Friends of the Arts, to recognize those who, often behind the scenes, have demonstrated exemplary support to the arts community. Friends of the Arts are announced in April and honored at the annual Arts Celebration in June.
At the April 11 Arts Board meeting, all complete nominations will be presented and Arts Board members will rank their top three choices in each category, which will be turned into scores. The two nominees with the highest scores will be awarded. In the case that we are not able to contact a nominee within two weeks of the vote, we may have to move on to the nominee with the next highest score in that category.
The decision made by Milwaukee Arts Board is final. Appeals will only be allowed under the following limited circumstances:
a) A procedural error has been made in handling the nomination; or
b) The Conflict of Interest Policy has been violated by a member of the Milwaukee Arts Board, or staff. All appeals shall be made in writing within 30 days after the announcement of the awards to Milwaukee Arts Board, Chairperson, 809 North Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202.
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