Our mission for Stand For The Arts, a national arts advocacy platform, is to ensure the arts remain a vital part of our society and to reinforce the value that the arts provide to the creative economy. That’s why at Ovation, we’re proud to partner with our distributors to celebrate local arts organizations and community leaders across America, to recognize their commitment to accessibility and equity in arts and cultural opportunities for all.

Our partnerships shine a national spotlight on the Power of Art™ within local communities.





MAYORS WHO #STANDFORTHEARTS



Ovation is recognizing mayors and their communities throughout the country who advocate for arts access and equity. They stand together with local non-profits, our distribution partners, and Ovation in support of the arts in their cities.

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria shines a spotlight on WorldBeat, which has helped to bring a diverse and culturally dynamic experience to Balboa Park visitors for more than 35 years.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego celebrates organizations such as Support My Club and Act One, which continue to foster a vibrant and more accessible arts community.

Mayor David Holt, of Oklahoma City, encourages support for its local arts economy, where ​organizations like Oklahoma Shakespeare ​help generate millions of dollars and thousands ​of jobs.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson expresses his support for the inclusive representation of Dallas’ arts, artists, and proudly salutes Dallas Black Dance Theatre as the city’s leading cultural ambassador to the world.


Click the photos to learn more about our partner organizations.

Ovation and Mayor Michael Alvarez (Richland, WA) celebrate DrewBoy Creative, whose mission is to improve the world we live in through art and creativity.
Ovation and Mayor Michael Alvarez (Richland, WA) celebrate DrewBoy Creative, whose mission is to improve the world we live in through art and creativity.
Ovation and Mayor Kate Gallego (Phoenix, AZ) celebrate Support My Club, whose mission is to support students on their path to graduation by engaging communities to fulfill the needs of school clubs and teams.
Ovation and Mayor Kate Gallego (Phoenix, AZ) celebrate Support My Club, whose mission is to support students on their path to graduation by engaging communities to fulfill the needs of school clubs and teams.
Ovation and Mayor John Stephens (Costa Mesa, CA) celebrate The Wooden Floor, whose mission is to is to empower low-income youth to strengthen self-esteem, self-discipline and sense of accomplishment through dance, academic and family programs.
Ovation and Mayor John Stephens (Costa Mesa, CA) celebrate The Wooden Floor, whose mission is to is to empower low-income youth to strengthen self-esteem, self-discipline and sense of accomplishment through dance, academic and family programs.
Ovation and Mayor Ben Walsh (Syracuse, NY) celebrate CNY Arts, whose mission is to promote, support, and celebrate arts and culture in Central New York.
Ovation and Mayor Ben Walsh (Syracuse, NY) celebrate CNY Arts, whose mission is to promote, support, and celebrate arts and culture in Central New York.
Ovation and Mayor David Holt (Oklahoma City, OK) celebrate Oklahoma Shakespeare, whose mission is to produce bold, re-imagined, entertaining and accessible interpretations of Shakespeare and the classics.
Ovation and Mayor David Holt (Oklahoma City, OK) celebrate Oklahoma Shakespeare, whose mission is to produce bold, re-imagined, entertaining and accessible interpretations of Shakespeare and the classics.
Ovation and Mayor Eric Johnson (Dallas, TX) celebrate Dallas Black Dance Theatre, whose mission is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence through performances and educational programs that bridge cultures and reach diverse communities.
Ovation and Mayor Eric Johnson (Dallas, TX) celebrate Dallas Black Dance Theatre, whose mission is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence through performances and educational programs that bridge cultures and reach diverse communities.
Ovation and Mayor Mitch Roth (County of Hawai’i, HI) celebrates Donkey Mill Art Center, whose mission is to provide art education and experiences to people of all ages and abilities at their facility in Holualoa. This includes hands-on classes, exhibitions, and events of contemporary visual arts, crafts and culture.
Ovation and Mayor Mitch Roth (County of Hawai’i, HI) celebrates Donkey Mill Art Center, whose mission is to provide art education and experiences to people of all ages and abilities at their facility in Holualoa. This includes hands-on classes, exhibitions, and events of contemporary visual arts, crafts and culture.
Ovation and Mayor John Engen (Missoula, MT) celebrate Missoula Children's Theatre, whose mission is to support the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.
Ovation and Mayor John Engen (Missoula, MT) celebrate Missoula Children’s Theatre, whose mission is to support the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.
Ovation and Mayor Buddy Dyer (Orlando, FL) celebrate Creative City Project, whose mission is to cultivate a thriving arts community and shape the global perception of Orlando as one known for innovation and creativity.
Ovation and Mayor Buddy Dyer (Orlando, FL) celebrate Creative City Project, whose mission is to cultivate a thriving arts community and shape the global perception of Orlando as one known for innovation and creativity.
Ovation and Mayor David Berger (Lima, OH) celebrate Lima Symphony who is dedicated to preserving musical excellence as a living part of their community, now and for future generations, through performance, education and community partnerships, while always maintaining a vigilant devotion to artistic and fiscal integrity.
Ovation and Mayor David Berger (Lima, OH) celebrate Lima Symphony who is dedicated to preserving musical excellence as a living part of their community, now and for future generations, through performance, education and community partnerships, while always maintaining a vigilant devotion to artistic and fiscal integrity.
Ovation and Mayor Knox H. White (Greenville, SC) celebrate the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities whose mission is to serve the artistically talented high school students of South Carolina through programs of pre-professional instruction in an environment of artistic and academic excellence.
Ovation and Mayor Knox H. White (Greenville, SC) celebrate the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities whose mission is to serve the artistically talented high school students of South Carolina through programs of pre-professional instruction in an environment of artistic and academic excellence.

Phoenix, AZ: Photo credit: Harrison Hurwitz Photography LLC; Costa Mesa, CA: Photo Credit – Pam Collazo; Syracuse, NY: Photo Credit – Amelia Beamish; Oklahoma City, OK: Photo Credit – Greg Singleton; Holualoa, HI: Photo Credit – Eric Edwards; Missoula, MT: Photo Credit – Melissa Anne Photography; Orlando, FL: Photo Credit – Creative City Project; Lima, OH: Photo Credit – Michael Ayers Photography





STAND FOR THE ARTS PARTNER AWARD RECIPIENTS



Nominated by Ovation’s partners, selected arts organizations are awarded $10,000 contributions based on the following criteria:

• Commitment to accessibility and equity in the arts
• Advocacy for underserved populations in their communities
• Support of creative/artist communities via economic or mental health recovery connected programs



2021-2022 AWARD RECIPIENTS

Organization, City, State; Partner

Art-Reach

Philadelphia, PA; Comcast

Ava Community Arts Center

Gillette,WY; Charter

CNY Arts

Syracuse, NY; Charter

Creative City Project

Orlando, FL; Charter

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas, TX; Charter

Donkey Mill Arts Center

Holualoa, HI; Charter

Drewboy Creative

Richland, WA; Charter

Friends of Schools of the Arts

Rochester NY; Charter

Groundswell

New York City, NY; Charter

Missoula Children’s Theater

Missoula, MT; Charter

Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Interpretive Center

Sault Ste. Marie, MI; Charter

SoundBites

Columbia, SC; Charter

Southern Hills Art Council

Jackson, OH; Charter

The Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center

Lexington, KY; Charter

The Wooden Floor

Santa Ana, CA; Charter

Youth Arts Center

Milwaukee, WI; Charter





PREVIOUS AWARD RECIPIENTS


Click above to learn more about our 2017-2020 award recipients.

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