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Arts Institute Opens Call for 2019 AIM Awards Nominations

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The Arts Institute of Mississippi (AIM) at The University of Southern Mississippi is accepting nominations for the 2019 AIM Awards, which seek to recognize and honor high school level arts teachers, schools, and organizations that are making an impact through exemplary achievements in arts education throughout the state of Mississippi.

The 2019 AIM Awards mark the 2nd year in which exceptional individuals, schools, and organizations will be honored for commendable service to students and/or community within Mississippi.

“The AIM Awards serve as an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence in arts education,” said Dr. Jay Dean, executive director of AIM. “Last year’s award recipients set the bar high with their achievements.”

These included:

  • Angela Heise, Art Teacher/Fine Arts Department Chair at St. Martin High School
  • Jennifer Butler, English Teacher at Pass Christian High School
  • Carrie Culpepper Brown, Dance Teacher at McComb School District
  • Pierrdro Gallion, Director of Choral Activities at Murrah High School
  • Ida Mitchell, Director of Bands at the Stone County School District
  • Jorge Gonzalez, Strings Program Supervisor at Hattiesburg Public School District
  • Suzanne Allmon, Theatre Director at Oak Grove High School

Any member of the public can nominate high school level arts teachers and directors, schools, or organizations for this award, or they can nominate themselves.

Qualified nominees include those who have enhanced education in, and through the arts; made significant contributions to students, school, or community; and improved Mississippi through teaching, performance, or other exemplary service. Those eligible to receive the award are involved in the arts disciplines, including creative writing, dance, media, music (bands, orchestras, choirs, and other musical ensembles), theatre, and visual arts. In addition, private teachers can be nominated.

The judges will select recipients, from each discipline, who best meet the following criteria: excellence in arts education; extent to which this individual or organization has had a profound and enduring effect on arts education; and the extent to which this individual’s or organization's work enhance(s) the school’s and/or community's image.

Nominations must be submitted by Feb. 15, 2019. Judges will evaluate the materials and notify the recipients by March 15, 2019.

To learn more about the award criteria and to submit your nominations visit