September 30, 2023

ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 10, 2016) — The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is now seeking nominations for the 2015 Sally Ordway Irvine Awards. Nominations will be accepted through June 24, 2016. The prestigious Sally Awards, now in their 24th year, provide an opportunity to recognize and honor extraordinary achievements in the arts throughout Minn.

Each year, one individual or organization is honored in each of the following five categories: Vision, Initiative, Commitment, Education and Arts Access. Last year’s winners were American Composers Forum (Vision), Theresa Sweetland (Initiative), Cynthia Gehrig (Commitment), The Steeles (Education) and Edge Center for the Arts (Arts Access).

Nominations for the 2015 awards are being accepted through June 24, 2016. Individuals and organizations from any artistic or cultural field are eligible, as long as their work took place within the state of Minn. Nominees may be artists, professional administrators, volunteers, philanthropists or organizations. Achievements in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion will be highly valued in the selection of award recipients in all five categories.

After all entries have been received, an outside selection committee will review the nominations and select the five award winners, who will be honored at the Sally Awards ceremony at the Ordway on Oct. 17, 2016.

Nomination forms and additional information are available online at

The Ordway is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading nonprofit performing arts centers and Saint Paul’s most elegant and inviting performance space. The Ordway’s Music Theater and Concert Hall attract diverse audiences with an array of productions showcasing the finest in American musical theater, world music, dance and vocal performance. Education and community engagement are integral to the Ordway’s mission, with major initiatives including the annual Flint Hills International Children’s Festival and Ordway Education programs that serve more than 50,000 students annually. Together with Minnesota Opera, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and The Schubert Club, the Ordway is a member of the Arts Partnership and serves as the principal venue for their performances. For more information, visit