The Yamhill County Cultural Coalition to honor local artist with second Marilyn Worrix Cultural Asset Award

The Yamhill County Cultural Coalition is seeking nominations for a 2019 cultural asset award to recognize significant artistic contributions to the region.

The YCCC, in collaboration with the Cultural Asset Award Committee, is looking for nominations for the 2019 Marilyn Worrix Cultural Asset Award. The two-year award is named after its first recipient. According to a press release, the award honors an individual or organization that significantly contributes to local, regional or county level arts, heritage or humanities organizations; has a recognizable civic impact on the local community; demonstrates leadership in the community and toward cultural affairs; has a record of volunteering; and has a record of cultural involvement with educational institutions.

Deb Broocks, current committee chairwoman, said "While a high bar was set by establishing the award in recognition of Marilyn Worrix's years of civic contributions to McMinnville, Yamhill County and even the state of Oregon as well as her exquisite handmade books art form -- every community has likely candidates. Over time, the award should travel from one end of the county to the other."

Worrix, who is also a member of the committee, is a book artist based in McMinnville who offers several classes in different kinds of bookbinding with various kinds of materials, ranging from paper and leather to driftwood and metal.

The YCCC and Cultural Asset Award Committee consider the award a work of art itself, as it was commissioned for the awardee and a plaque was created and donated by Sheridan artist Monica Setziol-Phillips, who will engrave the award with the winner's name. The plaque will then be displayed in the winner's community for the two years he or she holds it. Funding for the award and support for the honoring came from donations towards a permanent fund managed by YCCC.

Nominations are available at public libraries in Amity, Dayton, McMinnville, Newberg, Sheridan and Willamina; city halls in those cities and towns as well as Carlton, Lafayette and Yamhill; and those area's and Dundee's fire departments. Forms are also available at the Chehalem Cultural Center and online at

The committee will make presentations to city councils and other art groups in each community. The deadline for submitting the nomination and support letter is April 15, and the committee will make its recommendation by June 15. The winner will not be announced until the committee has planned an award ceremony.

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