Honoring Arts Advocates

The Harwelden Awards honor individuals and organizations that have been exemplary advocates and supporters of the arts and humanities in the Tulsa community. A committee of Past Presidents  makes final selection of the awards listed below from public nominations.

Honoring individuals and organizations

2019 Honorees

Ahha’s panel of jurors announces the following awards:

  • Katie Westby Lifetime Achievement Award:  Marcello Angelini
  • Bart Betow Memorial Music Education Award: Rhonda Wyble
  • Liddy K. Doenges Individual Award: M. Teresa Valero
  • Benedict I. Lubell Corporate Award: McGraw Realtors
  • John L. Everitt Nonprofit Award: Chamber Music Tulsa, Bruce Sorrell, Executive Director


Luncheon tickets are sold out.

Overall Criteria

Nominees are reviewed by a committee of Past Presidents of the Arts & Humanities Council for qualities including:

  • Dynamic leadership, which has had a significant impact on the arts and humanities in Tulsa. Examples might include particularly generous funding of the arts in general or a specific arts program or organization, creation of new programs, public arts advocacy, or leadership in strategic planning or capital campaigns.

  • Consistent leadership, which reflects an ongoing commitment to the arts and humanities in Tulsa. Examples might include consistent generous funding of many organizations, board or volunteer leadership across years or in many organizations, as well as active and valued staff or volunteers.

  • Visionary leadership, which has increased or changed the possibility and scope of the arts or creative life in Tulsa. Examples might include the founding of a new program or organization, as well as leadership in visionary and innovative partnerships or endeavors.

Mayfest Young Artist Awards

Mayfest Young Artist Awards encourage the artistic and professional development of
young students working in visual, performing, and literary arts. Five $500 awards will be
granted to high school students who attend school in Tulsa County. A panel of
independent jurors will judge all applications. Winners will receive their award at the
annual Harwelden Awards ceremony hosted by ahha Tulsa on Friday, March 8th, 2019.

Important: Please review all Mayfest Young Artist application details here!


  • Application deadline: Friday, February 15th, 5:00pm
  • Award winners announced: Friday, March 1st
  • Chosen pieces to ahha for display: Wednesday, March 6th, 12:00pm
  • Harwelden Awards Ceremony: Friday, March 8th


Students currently in 9th-12th grades, who attend school in Tulsa County, and who can demonstrate the following in the visual, performing, or literary arts may apply:

  • Artistic merit.
  • Quality of craftsmanship.
  • Clarity of purpose and goals.

2019 Awards Luncheon

Join us for an Awards Luncheon honoring this year’s winners:

Friday, March 8, 2019
12:00 PM
ahha Hardesty Center
101 E Archer St
Tulsa, OK 74103

Questions about Harwelden Awards?