Creative Living Award nominations sought


The Permanent Endowment Fund for Martha’s Vineyard is currently accepting nominations for candidates to receive the Creative Living Award for 2013.

This award was established in 1983 through the Ruth J. Bogan and Ruth Redding Fund and recognizes members of the Vineyard community who embody Ruth Bogan’s spirit and love for the Island and who have contributed significantly to the quality of life on the Vineyard.

Ruth J. Bogan first saw Martha’s Vineyard in 1947 and was delighted by the natural landscape. Although a nurse by training, she taught herself painting, photography, sculpture and three languages. Ruth Bogan was known to be an ingenious cook, an avid gardener .and someone who could fix anything. As her friend, Ruth Redding, wrote in 1983, “…she met every problem as a challenge to be confronted with courage and intelligence.”

Ruth Bogan retired to the Vineyard in 1968 and upon her death, the Ruth J. Bogan Fund was established to support the organizations that were meaningful to her and to recognize members of the community sharing her “creativity and ingenuity” in many fields. Award recipients receive a $1,000 honorarium from the Fund.

To nominate an organization or individual for the 2013 Creative Living Award, send a letter or email describing their contributions to Island life, and explain how they personify the qualities of Ruth Bogan. Nominations are due by June 24, 2013. The Permanent Endowment board will determine the recipient and the award will be presented at an event hosted by the Endowment at a date to be determined.

The mailing address for nominations is P.O. Box 1182, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts 02557 or

The Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard is the Island’s community foundation. Established in 1982, its purpose is to put charitable contributions to work for the people of Martha’s Vineyard by making grants to local public and nonprofit organizations, funding scholarships for Island students and building an endowment that will provide resources to address the community’s needs in perpetuity. More information on the Permanent Endowment Fund is available at or at 508-338-4665.