Seeking MasterMind Award Nominees

Know someone who could use a $2,000 no-strings-attached check? And some recognition?

In January the Houston Press will celebrate its seventh year of handing out MasterMind Awards, designed to go to three individuals or groups who are contributing a lot to the Houston area's artistic landscape.

This isn't a Hall of Fame or a lifetime body of work award. Instead it goes to groups or individuals doing great things now, folks who could use a little financial bump -- a $2,000 check -- as well as the added recognition the awards bring.

Last year the winners included photographer Chuy Benitez, dancer/choreographer jhon r. stronks and the Apollo Chamber Players. In coming weeks we'll be bringing you up to speed on what they've been doing since their awards.

Here's what we need you to do: Send us the name of a person or organization you think deserves the award. He or she can be a writer, visual artist, creative chef, singer or craftsman - anything that has to do with the arts. You can even nominate yourself. By mail send it to MasterMind Awards 2015/ Houston Press/ 2603 La Branch/ Houston , TX 77004. Or email it to margaret.downing@houstonpress.com.

Please note that this is not a popularity contest so there's no sense sending multiple nominations for the same person or entity. Just make your case one time. A panel of judges will review the nominees and the winners will be announced in late January.

Winners will receive their awards, as usual, at the Houston Press Artopia party at Winter Street Studios on January 24.

Deadline for this year's nominations is 5 p.m. Thursday December 11.

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