Living Treasure Award
About the award
This annual award honors those individuals who have, over a long period of time, made significant contributions to Northfield in, through, or on behalf of arts and culture, so as to enhance the reputation of the city and the quality of life of its residents and visitors.
Culture, as defined in the 2019 Cultural Plan, encompasses the whole of the community’s intellectual and social formation, including its work, thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs as manifested through the arts, food, oral languages, dress, homes, recreation, history, landscape, rituals, traditions, celebrations and festivals.
Announcement of recipient
The recipient will be honored at the annual State of the City Address held on March 19, 2024.
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
- 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 must be living and a Northfield area resident (within school district boundaries).
- The nominee, in discussions with the Arts and Culture Commission, is encouraged to serve the community and share their expertise for a period of no less than twelve months from March through February during the year after receiving the award, to the extent they are able. Contributions might include offering a series of lectures, workshops or classes to students in the Northfield schools, FiftyNorth, and/or to the community as a whole, serving as spokesperson or advocate for arts and culture.
In addition to the criteria that a nominee must meet to be designated as a Living Treasure, the nomination process has three basic requirements:
- The nomination must be approved by no less than three persons not related to the nominee.
- The nominator must inform the nominee about the intent to pursue a nomination, and the nominee must agree to be nominated.
- The nominator must work together with the nominee to complete the nomination form.
Deadline for nominations
5 p.m., Friday, November 20, 2023
Nominations forms can be submitted by paper, email or online.
Along with the nomination form, the following supporting documentation must be submitted:
- A letter of support from each co-nominator (no more than 250 words or 1500 characters)
- Optional: At least one but no more than three pieces of supporting documentation that highlights their artistic and/or cultural contributions to our community (i.e., portfolio, newspaper articles, photographs, video clips no longer than 3 minutes, etc.)
Paper nomination forms are available at and may be returned to one of these locations:
- Circulation Desk at the Northfield Public Library, 210 Washington Street
- FiftyNorth, 1651 Jefferson Parkway
Email the paper nomination form with attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org
|2023||Wayne Kivell||Vocal music teacher, found, director of choir ensembles|
|2020 - 2021||Mac Gimse||Sculptor, poet and teacher|
|2019||Donna Paulsen||Multi-talented musician and teacher|
|2018||Judy Code||Gardening artist and photographer|
|2017||Judith Swanson||Advocate, artist, designer, graphics designer|
|2016||Jan Shoger||Artist - teacher|
|2015||Theo & Dewayne Wee||Musicians - teachers|
|2014||Patsy Dew||Arts programmer- built arts programs at the Northfield Arts Guild and the Senior Center, photographer,
community theater director, actress
|2013||Paul Niemisto||Musician - band director; founder of Vintage Band Festival|
|2012||Cora Schultz||Musician - founder and long-time director of the Northfield Youth Choirs|
|2011||Myrna Johnson||Theater - founder of the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, director and performer|
|2011||Raymond Jacobson||Sculpture/visual arts - including major works at Bridge Square and the River Walk, Carleton College, the Northfield Public Library and many others|