Nominations are being sought for the Hannibal Arts Council's annual Paragon Awards, which recognize contributions to the arts community by residents, artists,  educators, organizations and business leaders. The categories of Paragon Awards are:

Art Project of the Year: Presented to a new or existing project or program that makes an impact in the community.

Leadership in the Arts (Individual): Presented to an individual who has contributed to the arts in Hannibal through volunteerism, participation, involvement, commitment and enthusiasm.

Leadership in the Arts (Business): Presented to a business that has shown support for the arts in Hannibal through partnership, sponsorship, membership donations, employee participation, and community involvement.

Leadership in the Arts (Organization): Presented to an organization that has contributed to the arts in Hannibal through quality arts-related programs and services.

Leadership in the Arts (Artist): Presented to an artist or arts educator who makes an impact in our community.

Nominations will be accepted through July 1, and awards will be presented Thursday, August 16. To make a nomination in one, or several categories, contact the Hannibal Arts Council at 573-221-6545, or email executive director Michael Gaines.