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1996 Milley Award recipient Rita Abrams performing in the Mill Valley Community Center.

Painting in downtown Mill Valley. Photo by Lauren Maroevich.

Ernest Bloch composes 'America' in a Mill Valley shack
Nomination Criteria

The Milley Awards honor those living artists and artist-teachers who were born in Mill Valley, California, or went to school here, or work here, or have made their home here, and who have enriched our lives.

Selection of Mill Valley Creative Achievement Award recipients is based upon one or more of these criteria:
  • Outstanding achievement in creating, performing or teaching in the arts.
  • Demonstration of a significant body of work.
  • Service to the arts community.


Recipients are drawn from the listed awards categories below. Formal presentation of up to five Milley Awards are made at our yearly gala event. All award recipients are acknowledged by the Arts Commission and the Mayor of Mill Valley. An appropriate permanent record is kept by the Arts Commission of all honorees.

  • Performing & Film Arts
  • Literary Arts
  • Musical Arts
  • Visual Arts & Design
  • Contributions to the Creative Life of the Mill Valley Community: Individuals whose vision, initiative and leadership played a major role in establishing and nurturing Mill Valley's cultural treasures.
  • Sali Lieberman Award - honors lifetime achievements of individuals who embody Sali Lieberman's inspiration, courage and determination.
  • Vera Schultz Award - honors achievements of organizations which embody Vera Schultz's activism, leadership, courage and vision.


To begin the nomination process, download and print the Nomination Form and details. Nominations should also include:
  • Nominator's personal statement of support
  • Maximum of ten pages of supporting materials, such as vitae, testimonials, reviews, articles, press clippings or photographs. Ask your candidate for assistance with these materials.
  • Slides, CDs, albums, books and other 3-dimensional examples of a candidate's work
Past nomination packets are available in the History Room of the Mill Valley Library to give you an idea of what needs to be included.

All nomination materials for the 2015 Milleys must arrive at Mill Valley City Hall by 5 PM on April 17, 2015. You may drop off or mail materials to 26 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941.

For more information or assistance in developing your nomination, call 415/721-1906 or e-mail

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