The Arts and Culture Commission invites Northfielders to submit the name of anyone whom they feel is worthy of being considered its 2016 Northfield Living Treasure.

The deadline for nominations is November 6, 2015. Nomination forms can be downloaded from or picked up in hard copy in the Museum Store.

The annual award honors an individual who has, over a period of time, made significant contributions to Northfield in, through, or on behalf of the arts and culture, so as to enhance the reputation of the city and the quality of life of its citizens.

Nominees may be either a practitioner in one or more of the arts, or an arts or cultural leader, supporter, or advocate. The award is one of recognition and has no financial value.

Criteria for nomination are adapted from the United Nations guidelines to countries, states, and cities who also offer such awards:

• The nominee must be living and a Northfield area resident.
• The nominee must have amassed a body of work that demonstrates consistency of excellence.
• The nominee must be an inspiration to others.
• Personal admirable attributes that the nominee may possess include: kindness, courage, wisdom, grace, authenticity, humor, humility, respectfulness and generosity.
• The nominee is encouraged to serve the community and share their expertise for a period of no less than twelve months from January 1 to December 31 during the year after receiving the award, to the extent they are able.

Previous recipients of the award have been Ray Jacobson, sculptor and visual artist; Myrna Johnson, theatre director, performer and arts-community leader; Cora Schultz, Northfield Youth Choirs founder and leader; Paul Niemisto, Vintage Band Festival founder and Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra founder and conductor; Patsy Dew, photographer, theatre artist, NAG and Senior Center arts programming developer and mentor; and Dewayne and Theo Wee, accomplished pianists, music teachers, and unstinting performers and accompanists for individuals and groups at more Northfield events than can be accounted for.