The Peter Capell Award for Midwestern Creativity & Entrepreneurship celebrates Midwesterners whose work demonstrates entrepreneurial thinking and business acumen.
The award recipient will receive a $2,500 unrestricted cash award. Nominations for the 2022 award are now closed. The winner will be announced in November.
About the Award
Peter Capell served on the Arts Midwest Board of Directors for 23 years and served as Board Chair from 2012 until 2021. During his time as Chair, he led Arts Midwest through the creation and launch of new national programs like Creating Connection; the development of Arts Midwest’s first major giving campaign; and a founder leadership transition. Before retiring, Peter held a number of national and global leadership positions at General Mills in Minneapolis from 1985 to 2012. His work and travels fueled his strong business acumen and entrepreneurial mindset, both of which he brought to his role at Arts Midwest. He is a passionate advocate for creativity and entrepreneurialism, a markedly generous philanthropist, and is deeply committed to strengthening and celebrating the Midwest creative sector.
In honor of Peter’s contribution to Arts Midwest and Midwestern creativity, The Peter Capell Award for Midwestern Creativity & Entrepreneurship has been established as a time-limited award, running for nine years beginning in 2022. The award recognizes Midwesterners working in the creative sector who demonstrate entrepreneurial thinking and business acumen. Over the course of its operation, the award will recognize an individual located in each of Arts Midwest’s nine member states. The award will be open to nominees from one state each year, beginning with Illinois in 2022 and proceeding alphabetically.
How to Nominate Someone for the Award
Anyone may submit a nomination, provided the nominee meets the eligibility criteria noted below. Nominations for the 2022 award opened on August 15 and closed on September 22.
The 2022 Peter Capell Award for Midwestern Creativity and Entrepreneurship will be awarded to an individual residing and/or working in the state of Illinois, which includes territories and lands from which people of numerous Native Nations, including the Illini, Dakota, Ho-Chunk, Miami, and Potawatomi Nations, among others, were forcibly removed. Candidates’ work must involve creative and/or cultural programming, and they must demonstrate entrepreneurial thinking and business acumen in expanding access to arts and creativity in their communities. Examples of these traits include, but are not limited to:
- The identification and pursuit of innovative solutions to issues or problems.
- A passion for seeking out new opportunities that drive organizational success.
- Cross-sector partnerships that advance creativity and build communities.
- Projects, actions, and leadership that lead to strong community impact and advance Arts Midwest’s core values of equity, integrity, and learning.
- Projects, actions, and leadership that serve communities and populations that have faced marginalization and inequitable access to resources, and that work to break down barriers to access for under-represented and/or under-resourced communities and populations.
To be eligible for the 2022 award, an individual must:
- Live and/or work within the state of Illinois, which includes territories and lands from which people of numerous Native Nations, including the Illini, Dakota, Ho-Chunk, Miami, and Potawatomi Nations, among others, were forcibly removed. Their primary impact should be within that geographic region.
- Be employed by an organization that offers creative and/or cultural programming as a manager, director, or similar position. Organizations may be nonprofit or for-profit.
- Be at the mid-level of their career.
- Have a demonstrated history of engaging in partnerships and collegiality within the community in which they work.
Arts Midwest welcomes nominations for creative leaders that are diverse across lines of identity, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, appearance, religion, age, geographic location, expertise, education, socioeconomic background, and professional level.
We strongly encourage the nomination of leaders who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latina/Latino/Latinx, Persons of Color, LGBTQIA+, Persons with Disabilities, Persons whose primary language is not English, and/or from rural and remote communities.
The following individuals are not eligible for the award:
- Current Arts Midwest Board and staff members, and their families, are not eligible for the award.
- Elected officials are not eligible.
Nomination materials must include:
- General Information Form
- Nomination Statement*
- Nominee’s Bio
- Letter of Support*
- Supplemental Material*
*The nomination statement, letter of support, and supplemental material may be submitted in written, audio, and/or video formats.
General Information Form
Requests information about the individual being nominated, including name, professional affiliation, location, contact information, and relationship to the nominator.
Arts Midwest seeks nominations that reflect the diversity of our region. The General Information Form also includes optional demographic questions to help us measure our effectiveness in reaching arts leaders from varied backgrounds. Responses to these demographic questions are optional, will not affect the selection process, and will only be used by Arts Midwest staff for program evaluation.
Nomination Statement (written, up to 3 pages; audio/video, up to 7 minutes)
The nomination statement should explain why the nominee is an exceptional candidate for this award. It is recommended that the statement address the following:
- What are the nominee’s most notable accomplishments as a creative leader?
- How does creativity show up in the nominee’s work?
- How has the nominee demonstrated entrepreneurial thinking, business acumen, and innovation in their work and accomplishments?
- How does the nominee connect to and engage with their community? How has their work impacted their community?
- How does the nominee partner with other organizations and individuals within their community? How do they recognize the importance of others’ work in carrying out their own?
- How has the nominee’s work demonstrated equitable practices breaking down barriers to access for under-represented and/or under-resourced communities and populations?
Bio (up to 500 words)
Submit a copy of the nominee’s current bio.
Supporting Documentation (written, up to 2 pages; audio/video, up to 5 minutes)
Provide one letter/statement of support providing testimony to the nominee’s impact. It is encouraged that letters of support come from the perspective of someone with direct knowledge of the nominee’s work and that they focus on how they or their communities were impacted by the nominee’s work.
Supplemental Material (written, up to 2 pages; audio/video, up to 5 minutes; image gallery, up to 10 images)
Provide one example of supplemental material or work samples supporting the nomination and demonstrating the impact of the nominee’s work. This material may take the form of additional text documentation of no more than five pages, audio or video file of no more than five minutes in length, or an image gallery of no more than 10 images.
Arts Midwest administers the nomination, review, and award process of the program. A team composed of five Arts Midwest staff members review nominations for eligibility and recommend a selection for review by a committee of Arts Midwest Board members. This Board committee will recommend a winner to Mr. Capell for his approval. In the event that Mr. Capell is unable or unavailable to approve the recommendation, Arts Midwest’s President & CEO will do so in his place.
Nominations will be assessed according to the following review criteria:
- Entrepreneurial thinking: Does the nominee demonstrate entrepreneurial thinking, business acumen, and innovation in their work and accomplishments?
- Creative accomplishments: Does the nominee’s work include notable accomplishments in and demonstrate a commitment to creativity, arts, and/or cultural programming?
- Community commitment: Does the nominee demonstrate a commitment to their community, as evidenced by partnerships, collegial relationships, recognizing the importance of others’ work in carrying out their own, and more?
- Equitable practices: Does the nominee’s work demonstrate equitable practices breaking down barriers for access to arts, creativity, and/or cultural programming for under-represented or under-resourced communities and populations?
Arts Midwest staff will notify the awardee in early November 2022 to confirm their status as the 2022 award recipient. The award recipient will receive a $2,500 unrestricted cash award.
Arts Midwest reserves the right to withhold presentation of the award.
- August 15, 2022: Nominations open
- September 22, 2022: Nominations close
- September – October 2022: Nomination review
- Early November 2022: Notification to nominees
- August 2023: Next award opportunity available for nominees living and/or working in Indiana and the Native Nations that share that geography
Submit Your Nomination
Nominations for the 2022 award are now closed.
Contact Emma Bohmann, development officer, at [email protected] or 612-238-8050.
As of July 1, 2022, Arts Midwest is testing out a 4-day work week to give time back to our staff to pursue creative passions and recharge. Please note that our office is now closed on Fridays. If you contact us on a Friday, we will get back to you after the weekend.