On Tuesday, June 9, NUVO handed out its annual Cultural Vision Awards. Five honorees were chosen from a field of 15 nominees, and we also recognized one Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
You'll read all about these wonderful people in the links below.
So what are these awards all about, anyway?
Cultural Vision. Let's break that down into its component parts. I'll paraphrase Webster.
Culture: the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time; a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization.
Vision: the ability to see; something that you imagine, a picture that you see in your mind.
Everyone who's included has had a vision for the culture of Indiana — whether that means bringing fresh, quality food to the masses, helping revitalize a blighted neighborhood or telling everybody who passes through Fountain Square YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.
Since 1998, NUVO's been looking to shine a spotlight on people who are striving to make all of our lives and experiences in Indiana better — folks who innovate, folks who bring the right kind of attention to the Hoosier state.
The people you're about to meet do something else: they foster community. One thing all of our nominees and honorees have in common: in ways large and small, they represent our shared philosophy of inclusion, not exclusion.
Simply put, they share a desire to take our cities and our state beyond the status quo. And for that, we can't thank them enough.