365 Impact Awards

In three years of hosting the 365 Impact Awards, the event has really become quite the shindig. The overwhelming response to the first three 365 Impact Awards Shows was more than we at 365 had ever expected. In fact we still hear from our winners that receiving the Impact Award has helped them recruit members, grow their business, motivate their teams and for almost all of them that it just felt great to know that the community appreciates their hard work. First time attendees always comment that the can’t believe they have not been to the event before and can’t wait to do it again next year. Well friends, next year is here.

The 365 Impact Award is more about trying than winning. Heck, Dubuque365 is more about trying than winning... we mean well. : ) It’s for those who choose to make an everyday effort to Impact the world around them 365 days a year. Its meant for those who believe in our community and are willing to do something to make it better for everyone. Sound like anyone, any business or any organization you know? Our mission at 365 is to help connect people to relationships, opportunity and the best possible living experience in our community.  

Who do you think is best helping us make that happen? Who made a real Impact on your life in 2011? 

Send your nomination to me at bryce@dubuque365.com.

Please include the name of Impact Award  nominee, what Award you think they best fit, as well as your reasons for nomination in 500 words or less.  Also include your name and phone number and the best time or method to contact you. Don’t just think about doing it. DO IT! We know a LOT of people. But we don’t know everyone, despite all of our efforts. We know that you know some pretty amazing people doing incredible things in Dubuque that will remain under our radar unless you come forward and shine a light on them.

Here are some suggested nomination categories. We’re not sure what categories we will have awards for this year. Maybe we’ll find we need to invent a category we’ve never had before. It all comes down to the nominees presented to us. 

Art • Econ. Development   • Education  • Community Pride • Dining • Family • Health • Historic Preservation • Inclusion • Media • Music • Nightlife • Non-Profit Excellence • Shopping • Sports/Recreation • Sustainability • Volunteerism • Youth Advocacy. And The Final Four: Overall Business • Overall Organization • Overall Individual • Overall Idea

Our crack team of 365 staff, civic leaders and community thugs will fight it out over the nominees and select this year’s winners.

The next thing to do is mark your calendar for Tuesday evening March 6th for the 2012 edition of the 365 Impact Awards show at the Mississippi Moon Bar. It’s a crazy fun night of celebrating ourselves and our community. 

There is also a good chance you will occasionaly cheer, often laugh, and even perhaps cry a bit. Great people, live music, and probably some last minute chaos just to keep everyone guessing.

Plus, a few people will get, by far, the coolest award statue on earth - the 365 Impact Award, designed by one of favorite local artists, metal sculptor, Gene Tully (above). “I used this medium for the 365 Impact Award because it takes a great amount of  power and energy to make an impression on steel just as it takes a great amount of power and energy to make an impression on society.” And a secret squirrel tells us we may have a newly re-imagined award fresh for 2012.

Events & Articles

Gary Olsen: There Are Places I Remember

Posted By Bryce Parks on September 30, 2014

You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone in Dubuque who has more successfully balanced a creative existence between fine art and graphic design than Gary Olsen. In many ways, the lines are blurred, with many of his best artistic works coming growing out of commissions or charitable purposes and many of his finest commercial design pieces being worthy of framing themselves. It’s pretty difficult to engage actively in the Dubuque community and not encounter a Gary Olsen original design, whether it be a painting hanging in a business or a friends home, or a logo on the side of a vehicle or on a t-shirt. He’s painted, drawn, filmed and crafted his life into the canvas of Dubuque, which is only appropriate as the works he’s created for his latest show are a literal reflection of this community on which he’s made such an impact.

Live Music Features

Posted on September 26, 2014

Discover more about musicians coming to the area!

“Fall Into Art” Gallery Tour Expanding to Two Day Event

Posted on September 12, 2014

Friday, October 3 @ 5-10 p.m. (Trolley Service)
Saturday, October 4 @ 12-4 p.m. (Self-Guided Tour)

Dubuque Main Street’s annual Fall into Art free gallery tour through Downtown Dubuque’s Cultural Corridor will feature two days of art exhibitions in 2014, thanks to presenting sponsor Premier Bank. The art crawl will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, October 3, and from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

Live Music Features

Posted on September 12, 2014

Discover more about musicians coming to the area!

Tri-States’ Largest Chili Cook-Off

Posted on September 12, 2014

Saturday, October 4 @ 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Cable Car Square

Always held the first Saturday of October, which happens to be October 4 this year, The Tri-States’ Largest Chili Cook-Off transforms historic Cable Car Square on Dubuque’s Bluff Street into an aromatic chili tasting and competition. With live music and beer (two great accompaniments to a hot bowl of chili) Cook-Off also features a variety of kids games, food and entertainment at this family-friendly event. This is the 22nd year for the annual event.