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Margaret L. (Peggy) Kannenstine Award for Arts Advocacy

Margaret Kannenstine headshot

Margaret L. (Peggy) Kannenstine

This award is presented to an individual who has an established and well-deserved reputation in Vermont as an advocate for the arts and their impact on Vermont. The award is named in honor of former Council chair and artist Peggy Kannenstine whose spirited work on behalf of the arts has benefited numerous Vermont institutions including the Arts Council. Recognition may be for work done at the local, state, or national level.


Selected by the Council, the Kannenstine Award for Arts Advocacy may be awarded to Vermonters committed to furthering the arts in fields such as accessibility, administration, education, mentoring, philanthropy, production, wellness, and others who:

  • currently reside in Vermont
  • have a statewide, regional (New England), or national reputation as evidenced by third party acclaim or reviews from independent sources
  • have a significant body of work and/or record of service available for review by the Council
  • are nominated by at least one non-Arts Council staff or board member


Mara Williams

Photo by Kelly Fletcher.

Mara Williams, chief curator Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (retired)

Jody Fried

Photo by Paul Seaton.

Jody Fried, 
director Catamount Arts - award video






James Lockridge,
director Big Heavy World

Allison Coyne Carroll
, director of Middlebury College's Performing Arts Series

Cornelia Carey
, director of CERF+, founder of the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response

Robert McBride,
founder and director of Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP)

John Killacky,
director of Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

Submit a Nomination

  • complete this online form
  • send a letter of recommendation to 136 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633, or
  • send an email to the Council with "Award Nomination" in the subject line. Include your name and contact information. Also list three to five achievements, based on awards criteria, that qualify this nominee for the award and provide one to three links to information about the nominee that support this nomination

Recommendations are welcome throughout the year. To be considered for the 2021 awards, candidate names must have been submitted by June 1, 2021.