Nominees Announced for 3rd Biennial Mayor’s Arts Awards

Carol Burt is an artist and arts educator with Muncie Community Schools. She is one of 24 nominees for the 3rd biennial Mayor's Arts Awards. Photo providedCarol Burt is an artist and arts educator with Muncie Community Schools. She is one of 24 nominees for the 3rd biennial Mayor's Arts Awards. Photo provided

By: Braydee Euliss, Executive Director, Muncie Arts & Culture Council—

Muncie, INThe Muncie Arts and Culture Council (MACC), in conjunction with the City of Muncie, will celebrate the 3rd biennial Mayor’s Arts Awards on Friday, Sept. 13, at Muncie Civic Theatre.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors given by the city to individual artists, teachers, non-profit organizations, and patrons of the arts. Awardees will be honored during the Mayor’s Arts Awards Ceremony, beginning at 7 p.m. on Civic’s Main Stage. The Awards Ceremony and following Community Reception are free and open to the public. For complete event information, please visit

Mayor’s Arts Awards nominations were accepted in eight distinct categories: Arts Advocate, Arts Leader, Arts Educator, Corporate Arts, Artist in the Community, Next Generation Artist, Maker, and Lifetime Achievement. MACC congratulates this year’s nominees:

Michelle Bade
Carol Burt
Jack Lee Christeon III
Leon Crosby
Moth Danner
Phillip Dunn
Chris Flook
Dr. Galit Gertsenzon
Hurley Goodall
Brian and Genny Gordy
Ronald E. Groves
Juniper Violet Koontz
Mickie Marie
Kim Miller
Open Door Health Services
Sheila K. Piazza
Rachel Replogle
Amanda Reninger
Tania Said
Krista Sides/Chameleon Salon
Shantanu Suman
Nancy Swickard
Lynette K. Waters-Whitesell

Nominations were reviewed and awardees were selected by a panel of local and regional representatives from the arts and business worlds. Nominees will be recognized and awardees will be announced during the ceremony.

In recognition of MACC’s first 10 years of supporting local arts and culture, this year’s event promises to be a truly spectacular celebration of our arts communities. The entertainment-filled evening will be led by emcees Laura Williamson of Muncie Civic Theatre and Michelle Kinsey of Indiana Public Radio and WIPB-TV. Live musical and theatrical performances will be showcased between award announcements. After the ceremony, stay for drinks and dancing at the community reception, featuring music by DJ Jannell, locally brewed beers on tap, and late night snacks.

Guests are also invited to join the MACC Board of Directors at Muncie Civic Theatre for a VIP Reception prior to the awards ceremony. Distinguished guests will include 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients and the 2019 nominees. Register to attend this reception – tickets required – by supporting Muncie Arts and Culture Council at

“We are honored to celebrate the 3rd biennial Mayor’s Arts Awards in our 10th year and in a space that has been a vital part of local arts & culture for so long,” said MACC Executive Director Braydee Euliss. “Our nominees are an impressive representation of the individual and collective contributions of Muncie’s citizens to our vibrant and growing arts community — what a privilege to recognize everyone!”

The 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards are made possible through support from the Muncie Arts and Culture Council, the City of Muncie, Presenting Sponsor— Old National Bank, VIP Reception Sponsor— First Merchants Bank & First Merchants Private Wealth Management, and Community Reception Sponsor— Mutual Bank.


About The Muncie Arts and Culture Council

The Muncie Arts and Culture Council celebrates and supports local arts & culture and is the designated Arts Partner for the City of Muncie. As Arts Partner, MACC assists with municipal initiatives where art integration can benefit economic development and quality of place. As an arts alliance, MACC builds community among artists and arts organizations and serves as a resource for professional growth and opportunity.