Call for Nominations: 2018 Randy Martin Spirit Award


Pictured: The recipients of the 2017 Randy Martin Spirit Award, Dudley Cocke and Kim Yasuda.


Imagining America (IA) excitingly invites nominations for the 2018 Randy Martin Spirit Award.

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.

๐—–๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ:

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.

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿด ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€:

Following Randy and Imagining Americaโ€™s commitment to the local, this yearโ€™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) โ€” 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 โ€œSpirit Awardโ€ is, itself, an opportunity to be in the program at the following yearโ€™s IA National Gathering. Awardees will be invited to showcase their work โ€” a talk, workshop, performance, or another format โ€” 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. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—”๐˜‚๐—ด๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ.
Nomination Form
Awardees will be notified before September 1st. For questions on eligibility or process, please contact Adam Bush at