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2018 Mayor's Award for the Arts

At the October 15, 2018 City Council Meeting, Mayor Nancy Rotering and City of Highland Park Cultural Arts Commission Chair Cathy Ricciardelli presented Highland Park Poetry with the Mayor’s Award for the Arts, an annual award that recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions to the arts in Highland Park.

Highland Park Poetry, founded in 2007 by Highland Park resident Jennifer Dotson, provides fun, educational events, and activities that greatly benefit amateur and professional poets throughout Highland Park. Many of the events are held at local businesses, further benefiting the community. Highland Park Poetry events regularly draw participating poets from throughout the United States as well as other countries. Programs are open to all and most are free. The organization is 100% volunteer-based and runs on the contribution of time, energy, talent and support of friends and followers.

“Highland Park Poetry is an important addition to our vibrant arts” said Mayor Nancy Rotering. “Highland Park Poetry provides a wonderful outlet for budding and experienced poets in Highland Park to showcase the amazing poetic talent we have in our area.”

Given annually, the Mayor’s Award for the Arts recognizes outstanding achievements or contributions to the arts in Highland Park. For the award, arts can include visual arts, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, or sculpture; performance, such as dance, theater, or music; architecture; and literature, including poetry, fiction or script writing; and web production and graphic design. Nominations for the Mayor’s Award for the Arts are reviewed by the Cultural Arts Commission which recommends a recipient to the Mayor for approval. To learn more about the Award, please visit or call 847.926.1000.