Community Cultivator Award

The Sharon M. Clemons Community Cultivator Award was created in 2021 in honor of the late Sharon M. Clemons. It aligns with the Festival’s expansion of the definitions of art that we celebrate on our stages, and it champions community. It awards the efforts of people who often go unrecognized and highlights their accomplishments.
Ms. Clemons was a community cultivator. Using her salon as a beacon of service. She was an organizer, mentor, art collector, community resource, leader, and hair artist, and did so selflessly.Her reach extended beyond the walls of her salon into the Greater New Haven community and throughout Connecticut.
The Sharon M. Clemons Community Cultivator Award will honor creatives who cultivate change by uplifting others through their connection to the arts or humanities.

    SCCCA Awardee Qualifications:
    • Commitment to the community through tangible evidence.
    • Direct impact on the community through arts, volunteering and/ or mentoring.
    • Involved in the arts as a creative, administrator, or connector.
    • Lives or works in New Haven or within the Greater New Haven area.
    • Awardee will exemplify the mission of the Festival through the innovative application of the arts and/or humanities (Arts & Ideas) in their work.


    Applications will close Sunday June 4, 2023 at 11:59PM
    The Awardee will be honored with an original piece of art and the award on the Alexander Clark Stage on Saturday June 17, 2023 at 6:30PM.


    Previous Recipients

    2022: Kim Harris
    2021: Award Established & Presented to the Clemons Family (Inaugural Year)