The Opening Nights Arts Advocate Award recognizes education professionals that establish exemplary support for arts education in their school to impact as many students as possible through partnerships with Opening Nights in Class programming or other local arts organizations. All nominees should demonstrate a strong commitment to high-quality arts education in the classroom. Award recipients are invited to join the ON in Class K-12 Resource Committee and receive tickets and special access for the upcoming season.

2021 Winner

“As fine arts instructors, while we may see ourselves as cultivating the next generation of artists, we are ultimately fostering leadership skills that produce a community of citizens who value and demonstrate creativity, collaboration and communication, critical thinking and problem solving, perseverance and commitment, responsibility, and who value the unity it can bring to diverse populations.”
– Sally Ash, Visual Art Teacher, Woodville PreK-8 School


Past Winners

“I am honored to be selected as this year’s honoree and look forward to continuing to support and advocate for creating well-rounded students who can bring about leadership and change to the world around us. I am a product of arts advocates, and I am honored to continue to promote such a legacy within our community.”
– Dr. Small, Opening Nights 2020 Arts Advocate Award Winner

“As a society, we all benefit from organizations that give back to our students, teachers, and communities. Opening Nights at FSU has proven to be that vital partner supporting the educational needs of our school community. These benefits have been life changing for my school because of the diverse experiences provided through performing groups, resident artists, and follow up materials”
– Dr. Iris Wilson, Opening Nights 2019 Arts Advocate Award Winner