Arts and Cultural Empowerment

Hosted by the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture, the ACE Awards highlight the importance of the arts as they relate to the quality of life of our region – and honor those who have made major creative achievements or significant contributions to cultural growth or development.   

2022 Recipients

Outstanding Arts Educator: Jessica B. Johnson, Wichita Falls ISD
Business Champion of the Arts: Danny Martinez
The Maker Award: Katie Britt, Katiedid Designz
Artists of the Year: Mishic and Val Liberatore, Wichita Falls Ballet Theater
Distinguished Cultural Organization: Arts Council Wichita Falls Area, Inc.
Inclusion Advancement Award: 9th Street Studios
Margie J. Reese Innovation Award: Bob Barrow & Art Battle
Mayor’s Choice Award: Museum of North Texas History

2023 Recipients

Outstanding Arts Educator: Roger Palma
Business Champion of the Arts: Wichita Falls Downtown Development
The Maker Award: Shauna LaRocque, CrashWorks STEAM Studio & Makerspace
Artists of the Year: Carter Wallace
Distinguished Cultural Organization: Zavala Hispanic Cultural Initiative
Inclusion Advancement Award: Wichita Falls Housing Authority
Margie J. Reese Innovation Award: Daniel Nix, City of Wichita Falls
Mayor’s Choice Award: Wichita Falls 4B Sales Tax Corporation