Vermont Arts Council

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:

  • is living and currently resides in Vermont
  • have a local, 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


Eva Sollberger, producer of “Stuck in Vermont”




Robert Resnik, musician, radio personality, award video

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

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, video

Submit a Nomination

Nominations are accepted throughout the year. For information about how to submit a nomination, click here.

admin-place March 12, 2015