The Arts Catalyst Awards, a program of Des Moines Social Club, recognizes artists, arts advocates and arts educators/administrators who have created and sustained Central Iowa’s artistic landscape. We recognize that their investments in the arts result in substantial contributions to the culture of Iowa, the vibrancy of our communities, and art itself.

As members of the field, we are inviting you to nominate artists, arts advocates and arts educators/administrators working in Central Iowa whose work has inspired and sustained the arts community. Their vision, participation and support have deepened the Central Iowa artistic community and made opportunities for others.

Please take a moment to nominate someone who has made an impact on our artistic landscape for an Arts Catalyst 2012 Award. We are accepting nominations until August 20, 2012. Please download a  Nomination Form and email all nominations to The inaugural Arts Catalyst Awards ceremony will take place October 2, 2012.
Examples of a nominee might be:

An artist who has redefined his/her field and continued to remain committed to their work and has paved the way for others. Honoring the merit and significance of a life dedicated to serious artistic exploration and growth.

An arts educator/administrator, through his/her vision has created a series, or a way of working, or provided opportunities that have significantly changed the way artists work and paved the way for others.

An arts advocate who has mentored others, provided financial and/or enthusiastic support to an individual, a program and/or organization. Showing inspired civic involvement and devotion to the arts, creating a legacy for Des Moines’ young philanthropists to aspire to.