MCA Arts Advocacy Award

In its 50 year history, the Middletown Commission on the Arts has presented over 70 Arts Advocacy Awards to individuals and organizations who have encouraged and supported the arts in Middletown. The City of Middletown Commission on the Arts (MCA) presents an Arts Advocacy Award annually to an individual, group and/or organization group who has significantly contributed to the cultural and artistic enrichment and/or has shown extraordinary support and initiative for the arts in Middletown.

Recipients of the Arts Advocacy Award 

2023 - Anne-Marie Cannata McEwen and Middlesex Music Academy

2022 - Michael Arafeh/The Coffeehouse Recording Studio and Lee T. McQuillan

2021 - Ursel’s Web

2020 - Noah Baerman and Richard Kamins

2019 - Klekolo World Coffee and Stephan Allison

2018 - Vintage Players and David Schulz

2017 - Middlesex Vocal Chords and Pierre Sylvain

2016 - MAC 650, Arthur Meyers and Pam Tatge

2015 - Kidcity Artists and John Basinger

2014 - Artists for World Peace and Deborah Moore

2013 - Community Foundation of Middlesex County and Carolyn Kirsch

2012 - Greater Middletown Concert Association and The Buttonwood Tree

2011 - Mayor’s Ball Committee and Neely Bruce

2010 - Greater Middletown Chorale and Marco Gaylord

2009 - Art Guild of Middletown and Peter Loffredo

2008 - Santo Fragilio and Kidcity Children's Museum

2007 - Sybil Paton and Wesleyan Potters

2006 - Mimi Rich and The Russell Library

2005 - Walter Frank and Robert Cumming

2004 - MHS Band Goes to the Symphony and MPS Arts Programs

1988 - Field Publications, Community Concert Association of Greater Middletown, Thomas Nicholas and Dr. Herbert Levine

1987 - Annie Dillard, Neely Bruce and John Risley

1986 - Jean Shaw

1985 - Oddfellows Playhouse, Color Mart, Russell Library, Children's Department, Stephen Shapiro, (Makabau The Clown) & Middletown High School Teachers Student Art Exhibition "Artworks" (Teachers of the Middletown Public Schools Student Art Exhibition "Artworks")

1984 - Al E. (Ale) Blanchard, Elizabeth Levering Morgan, and Middletown Public Schools Cultural Council

1983 - "Kitty Kathryn" Riley, Richard Winslow and Sybil Paton

1982 - Paul Horgan , Lindsey Huddleston and Middlesex Mutual Assurance Company

1981 - William Manchester, Santo Fragilio and Central Connecticut Ballet Company

1980 - Salvatore Vinci, Junior Matinees, Inc. and Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts

1979 - Ronald McCutcheon, John Reynolds, III and Wesleyan Potters, Inc.

1978 - Arnold Ackerman, Alida Jay and American Federation of Musicians, Local #499