Sally Awards

Celebrating Minnesota’s commitment to the arts

The Sally Awards recognize and celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of artists, educators, volunteers, philanthropists, and leaders who strengthen and enrich the stage of Minnesota with their commitment to the arts and arts education.

Save the date for the 26th Annual Sally Awards!

To honor Sally’s commitment to the arts, the Sally Awards are presented annually to one person or organization in five categories. Starting this year, a new category has been created — Social Impact — to recognize the power of the arts to lift our voices, shine light on things that matter to each of us, give us purpose and identity, and bring us all together. Additionally, to more accurately reflect the broad influences of the arts in learning, the Education Category has been renamed to Arts Learning.


Each category winner will be honored with an award and check for $1,000 during the 26th Annual Sally Awards ceremony at the Ordway. The ceremony is free and open to the public!

Ordway’s 26th Annual Sally Awards
Monday, October 15, 2018

Save the date and celebrate 26 years of honoring great contributions to the arts in Minnesota at the 26th Annual Sally Awards!

Congratulations to the recipients of the 25th Annual Sally Awards!

Recipients of the 25th annual Sally Awards. Photo by Laura Alpizar.
25th Annual Sally Awards recipients pose with Ordway president and CEO Jamie Grant. From left to right: Shari Aronson and Chris Griffiths of Z Puppets Rosenschoz, Hunter Gullickson, Ta-coumba T. Aiken representing J. Otis Powell‽, Jamie Grant, Bee Yang, and Rhiana Yazzie. Photo by Laura Alpizar.

On October 16, 2017, nearly 450 people came together at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall to recognize and celebrate the amazing life, works and impacts of the recipients of the 25th Annual Sally Awards. Recipients were chosen by a selection committee from a pool of 90 submitted nominations. We congratulate each of them for their recognition!

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The 26th annual Sally Awards is made possible by:

Minnesota State Arts Board sponsorship information