The Randy Martin Spirit Award annually recognizes individuals who embody the unique combination of qualities that made Dr. Randy Martin, Professor of Art and Policy in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, such a beloved and valued member of IA and the many other communities of which he was a part, both inside and outside of higher education.
𝗖𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗮 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱:
Recipients of the Randy Martin Spirit Award shall be professionals working in and/or in-partnership with higher education who consistently achieve excellence and demonstrate original thinking and approaches in at least 3 of the areas in which Randy Martin excelled: scholarship, artistry, pedagogy, mentorship, and institutional leadership/administration. Finally, recipients of this award will be people who, within all their professional roles, exude the many of the human qualities for which Randy will always be remembered: generosity, sincerity, humor, joy, curiosity, clowning, and an irrepressible joie de vivre.
𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟴 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗡𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀:
Following Randy and Imagining America’s commitment to the local, this year’s award looks to recognize individuals who have some prior connection to Imagining America and who are connected to the region of the 2018 Imagining America National Gathering (IA Gathering) — either residing or working in the Midwest. Recipients of the Randy Martin Spirit Award will be recognized during the 2018 IA Gathering in Chicago on Friday evening October 19th.
The “Spirit Award” is, itself, an opportunity to be in the program at the following year’s IA National Gathering. Awardees will be invited to showcase their work — a talk, workshop, performance, or another format — to be shaped in partnership with members of the IA staff and National Advisory Board. Travel and accommodations are provided for the 2019 IA Gathering. Given this context (criteria and region) narratives should speak to why this nominee’s history of work and present engagement speaks to the qualifications of this award. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗯𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗯𝗺𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺 𝗯𝘆 𝗔𝘂𝗴𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝟮𝟯𝗿𝗱.
Awardees will be notified before September 1st. For questions on eligibility or process, please contact Adam Bush at firstname.lastname@example.org.