The Rockford Area Arts Awards are a celebration of creative individuals and advocacy organizations who have contributed to the enrichment of the Rockford Region; the Awards are co-hosted by City of Rockford Mayor, Tom McNamara, and Winnebago County Chair, Joe Chiarelli.

Join us on Thursday, March 10th at 5:30 pm at The Rockford Theatre at the Rockford Woman’s Club as we recap our Region’s creative sector in 2021—accomplishments, performances, and innovations associated with the arts and culture sector will be recognized and celebrated. 

The following categories will be awarded and celebrated—you won’t want to miss this special evening of performances and acknowledgments!

  • Lifetime Achievement or In Memoriam
  • Distinguished Artist of the Year
  • Excellence in Service to the Arts
  • Arts Educator of the Year
  • Youth Arts Ambassador
  • Innovation in the Arts
  • Visual Artist of the Year
  • Performing Artist of the Year
  • Public Art Installation of the Year
  • Placemaking/Spacemaking Award

A special “Thank You” to our Sponsors: Montel Technologies, Dr. Zak and the Tooth Fairy Dental Castle, Window World, Rockford Woman’s Club, Eckburg Insurance, Hampilos & Associates, CoyleKiley Insurance, Katherine F Stewart DDS LLC, food provided by DiTullio’s and Wonderland Sweets, and Social Hour entertainment provided by Jon Rozman’s Screw City Swingers.