The city of Hannibal has once again been recognized for its arts community.

At a recent ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City, the Missouri Arts Council gave its 2019 Missouri Creative Community Award to the city of Hannibal.

The annual awards celebrate people, organizations and communities that have made profound and lasting contributions to the cultural artistic climate of the state.

Along with creative community, an independent panel picks winners in arts education, arts organization, individual artist, leadership in the arts and philanthropy.

Hannibal has become known statewide as a community that draws artists from all over the country to the area to live.