Eugene Arts & Letters Award
The Eugene Arts & Letters Award recognizes an individual who has significantly contributed to the enrichment of Eugene’s cultural life through their work as a visual, performing, or literary artist. The award was established by Lee and Hester Bishop supported by the Arts Foundation of Western Oregon Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation.
Eligible candidates must:
- Be a local (the greater Eugene area) visual, performing, or literary artist.
- Be currently practicing their art form.
Nominators must complete an official nomination form based on the following criteria:
- Candidates have contributed to the enrichment of cultural life through their involvement in the arts.
- Candidates are established and active in their art form, with priority given to artists practicing locally for 10 or more years.
- Candidates have committed time to volunteer work in the arts.
- Candidates’ expertise is actively put to good use for the arts community.
Winners are selected by a committee of past winners and ABAE board members. Nominations typically open in January or February, and close in March. The award is presented by the Mayor of Eugene at the spring BRAVA event in June.
Eugene Arts and Letters Award Winner (2019)
Alito Alessi is the Artistic Director of DanceAbility International & Joint Forces Dance Company and founder of the DanceAbility method, which is the leading method of inclusive dance pedagogy in the world and has served to bring more people into the field of mixed abilities dance than any other program that exists.
Past Recipients of the Eugene Arts and Letters Award:
Cecelia Hagen and Craig Spilman
Mark Clarke and Peg Coe
William L. Sullivan
Anne Dhu McLucas
Anne Kutka McCosh
Oregon Bach Festival
Max and Hattie Mae Nixon
Robert D. Clark
Richard M. Long
Oregon Mozart Players
Very Little Theatre