Sally Award Nominations

24th annual Sally Ordway Irvine Awards

Nomination Process

The Sally Ordway Irving Awards is an annual celebration of the statewide arts community. The awards recognize outstanding contributions made by individuals, organizations, and communities to the cultural life of our state. While these contributions are usually made unselfishly, it is important to take the time to recognize and thank people for outstanding achievements.

Please take a moment to consider individuals, organizations, and communities that deserve to be acknowledged with a nomination for a 24th annual Sally Award. Nominations can be made by an individual, group, organization, or business.

Nominations will open in September 2015. Please check back for the online nomination application or to download a form.

24th annual Sally Award categories are listed below. Click here for full descriptions

  • Arts Access
  • Commitment
  • Education
  • Initiative
  • Vision


  • Individuals and organizations from any artistic or cultural field in Minnesota are eligible. This includes artists, professional administrators, volunteers, educators, public officials, and philanthropists.
  • Self-nominations are permitted.
  • Posthumous nominations are permitted.
  • Nominations of currently employed Ordway staff are not permitted.

Selection and Presentation

  • Review and selection of the 24th annual Sally Awards will be made by a selection committee appointed by the Ordway. This committee will include immediate past award recipients, representatives from the arts community and the media, a representative from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and leadership from Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.
  • The Selection Committee will review the materials submitted on each candidate and selects candidates who are deemed most deserving of recognition and whose achievements most closely fit the category for which they have been nominated. Decisions of the committee are final. The committee reserves the right to reassign nominees to an award category other than the one indicated on the submission form.
  • Nominators will be notified if their nominee has been selected in spring of 2016.
  • Selected winners will be notified of the award in early spring of 2016.
  • The 24th annual Sally Awards will be presented at a formal ceremony on a date in early June, 2016 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

If you have any questions or need additional forms you can contact Megan Mehl at 651.282.3101.