171 Cedar Arts Center Bob Kinner Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence

Now accepting nominations to be presented March 7, 2020. Deadline is February 21, 2020

Robert Lee “Bob” Kinner, a founding member of 171 Cedar Arts Center, was passionate about supporting artists and arts appreciators by building institutions and opportunities that brought art and community together. By providing musicians with a stage, artists with a gallery, and thinkers with forums for discussion, Kinner opened doors for an entire community, and those who enjoyed his company and his venues felt truly at home with the arts. This award was created to honor Kinner’s talent and foresight in enriching our wonderful community with the ability to experience the arts in so many ways.

Criteria for nomination

Criteria for nominating a candidate may include, but are not limited to the following faculty members in good standing in the areas of:  Music, Dance, Fine Arts, Language, Culinary, or Martial Arts. Compelling evidence of outstanding instruction:

  • Knows subject thoroughly
  • Designs class sessions to maximize learning
  • Communicates in organized, enthusiastic, and innovative ways
  • Stimulates interest of students and encourages them
  • Shows commitment to life-long learning, especially to improving knowledge of the discipline

Keep in mind the criteria for receiving this award must relate to teaching as opposed to other artistic or professional pursuits.  Please note that a faculty member can be nominated and receive the Kinner award more than once.


  • Submissions for the 2019 Bob Kinner Award for Teaching Excellence are due at 5:00 pm on Friday, February 21, 2020.
  • Nominations for this award will be accepted from any member of the 171 Cedar Arts Center community, including faculty, staff, student, or Member, without any limitations on the number of nominations.
  • Nominations should consist of the name of the candidate and a narrative supporting the nomination. Nominations should be sent to the Administrative Manager, Adam Setzer, at setzera@171cedararts.org .
  • Please include any additional information that you feel supports your nomination. For example:
    • Resume
    • Examples of work (large images and/or videos should be submitted via CD or thumb drive).
    • Letters of support
  • Recommendations and comments from colleagues, students, and staff
  • External recognition for teaching accomplishments


Presentation of Award & Publicity:

  • The award will be announced prior to 171 Cedar Arts Center’s Annual Meeting. The 2020 Bob Kinner Award for Teaching Excellence will be awarded at the Annual Meeting on March 7, 2020, at 7:00 pm, in The Studio Theater in the Drake House.
  • Recipient(s) will receive a plaque commemorating the award and will be honored at the awards ceremony during 171 Cedar Arts Center’s Annual Meeting.
  • Announcement of the award recipients will also be included in a press release, and in variety of publications produced by 171.
  • The award recipients will also receive a special designation in their directory listing on 171 Cedar Arts Center’s website.

Prior Recipients: