Arts Quincy selected as winner of American Prize in recognition of 75 years

American Prize

QUINCY — Arts Quincy recently was selected as the winner of The American Prize, Honored Artists, 2021-22, in recognition of its 75 years of artistic community collaboration and its exceptional promotions program.

Arts Quincy was selected by special recommendation by the board and judges of The American Prize. In a press release, David Katz, founder and chief judge for the award, said “The Honored Artists of The American Prize is a category of recognition limited to a very few individuals or organizations who have proven to be of ‘sustained excellence’ in their chosen area of artistic endeavor.”

This is not Arts Quincy’s first honor from The American Prize. The organization received top honors as best arts marketing program in the nation in 2020, and it was a finalist for the same award in 2021.

Local partner organization Quincy Concert Band also received honors from The American Prize.

“We are so proud to be carrying on this 75-year legacy of exceptional arts programming and promotion,” Laura Sievert, executive director of Arts Quincy, said in a press release. “It is rare for a community our size to have this breadth of arts and cultural opportunities available to residents and visitors. The arts drive our economy, quality of life, recruitment and retention efforts and more. We are proud to play a vital role in keeping that legacy strong.”

The American Prize is a national nonprofit competition series which has awards in all areas of the performing arts and arts administration. It is considered the nation’s most comprehensive series of contests in the fine arts. The American Prize is nonprofit and designed to evaluate, recognize and reward the best performers, ensembles, composers and arts administrators in the United States based on submitted recordings and/or materials.

Arts Quincy, America’s first community arts council, was founded in 1947. It works to foster, strengthen and expand the language, visual and performing arts, and arts in education in Adams County.

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