Since 1984 Arts|Learning’s Networking and Advocacy Group (formerly the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education) has recognized individuals, organizations, institutions and businesses that exemplify excellence in arts education advocacy. These awards, known as the Champions of Arts Education Advocacy Awards, are given in the following categories:

  • Distinguished Arts Educator Advocate (in dance, drama, media arts, music, or visual arts)
  • Kathy Tosolini Excellence in School Administration Arts Advocate
  • Outstanding Parent Advocate
  • Outstanding Community Arts Collaborative (in dance, drama, media arts, music, or visual arts)
  • Corporate/Business Support of Arts Education
  • Outstanding Student Advocate
  • Schools of Distinction
  • Good Neighbor

The following awards are determined by the Networking and Advocacy Leadership Team (nominations are not accepted externally for these awards):

  • Irene Buck Service to Arts Education
  • Legislative Leadership
  • Media Support for Arts Education

Click here to learn more about the Champions of Arts Education Advocacy Awards nomination process for the current award cycle, including important deadlines. You can also read about the recent past award winners here.


The following service award is given by the Arts|Learning Board of Trustees:


The state winner of the following award is eligible to compete for national recognition by the Kennedy Center and the National School Board Association:


Visit the Kennedy Center website for instructions on applying and a list of past winners.