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The ARARA Conservation and Preservation Award


The CAP Award was established by ARARA in 1991 to recognize significant contributions to the conservation or protection of rock art.

The official name of the award is The ARARA Conservation and Preservation Award. The award's name may be changed to honor an individual or organization by recommendation of ARARA's Conservation and Preservation Committee, approval of ARARA's Board members, and ratification by a majority of the ARARA members present at a business meeting.

Recipient Qualifications and Other Award Guidelines

The CAP Award is to be made to an individual, group, organization, or agency that has taken a leadership role in significantly contributing:


The CAP Award can be made to more than one recipient within the same year, the recipient of a CAP Award need not be a member of ARARA, and the recipient of a CAP Award may be either professionally or avocationally involved in rock art conservation or protection.

The CAP Award may be made to an individual for work that was a normal part of his or her employment or professional activities; similarly, it can be made to a group, organization, or agency for work that was a regular part of its operations. An individual, group, organization, or agency may receive a CAP Award more than once for additional conservation and/or preservation efforts.

The recipient's efforts to incorporate the participation and advice of Native Peoples into their work will be valued. The recipient of a CAP Award must have operated within the bounds of federal, state, tribal, and local law when carrying out the action for which an award is made.

Selection Process

Summary of the annual timetable for CAP Award selection and presentation:

June–August—The ARARA Conservation and Preservation Committee chair appoints a CAP Award Subcommittee.
September—A call for CAP Award nominations is announced in La Pintura.
December—Deadline for submitting CAP Award nominations.
January—The CAP Award Subcommittee reviews nominations and prepares a recommendation to the Conservation and Preservation Committee chair.
March—The Conservation and Preservation Committee chair reviews the CAP Award Subcommittee recommendation and submits a recommendation; ARARAÌs Board members review this recommendation and vote to determine the CAP Award recipient(s).
April—Award recipient(s) is notified unless it is ascertained that they will be at the annual conference.
May—CAP Award(s) presented at the ARARA Annual Conference.
Summer—Name(s) of the CAP Award recipient(s) are to be published in La Pintura {other nominees can be recognized for their achievements in this publication).

Between June and August, the chair of ARARA's Conservation and Preservation Committee is to appoint a group from the general membership of ARARA to a CAP Award Subcommittee. Normally, these individuals will be members of the Conservation and Preservation Committee.

In September, a notice and nomination form are to be published in La Pintura to announce the opening of nominations for the CAP Award. Anyone may make a nomination. Nominations are to be submitted to the chair of ARARAÌs Conservation and Preservation Committee in writing, using the official nomination form. A detailed description of the work that qualifies the nominee for the award is encouraged, including written statements from those having first-hand knowledge of the nominee's accomplishments. A similar notice will be posted on the www.ARARA.org website which will include guidelines and a nomination form.

On December 31, nominations for the CAP Award are closed. Nominations must be received by the Conservation and Preservation Committee chair by the deadline, which is to be printed in the announcement and on the nomination form.

In January, the members of the CAP Award Subcommittee are to evaluate nominations and formulate a written recommendation to the Conservation and Preservation Committee chair concerning the CAP Award. After reviewing the subcommitteeÌs recommendation, the chair of the Conservation and Protection Committee is to submit a recommendation concerning the CAP Award. This recommendation, along with a list of all nominees and summaries of their qualifications, are to be forwarded to ARARA's Board of Directors.

In March, ARARA's Board members are to review the recommendations of the CAP Award Subcommittee and the chair of the Conservation and Preservation Committee, along with the accompanying nominee list and summaries. A majority vote by the ARARA board members will determine the recipient(s) of the CAP Award.

In the summer, immediately following the ARARA Annual Conference, the name(s) of the CAP Award recipient(s), and descriptions of the particular efforts recognized through the award(s), are to be published in La Pintura. Other nominees for the award may also be recognized for their achievements in this issue.

Award and Presentation

Award winner will be notified by the chair of the Conservation and Preservation Committee. If the recipient is already registered for the conference in May, he or she will not be notified as it is preferred that recipients be surprised.

The two top runners up in the selection process will automatically be placed on the nominations list for the next two years when new nominations are received. Those who did not win will be informed by reading the La Pintura issue which announces the winners.

The CAP Award is a certificate suitable for framing. The certificate is to state the recipient's name, ARARA's name and logo, the name of the award, a brief statement for which the award is presented, and the year of the award. The Conservation and Preservation Committee, with concurrance from ARARA's Board of Directors, may also have a CAP Award plaque inscribed with the same information as the certificate. Other forms of recognition may be considered. The decision to award an inscribed plaque or alternative along with the certificate is contingent on available funds until a regular source of funding is identified to make a plaque or alternative a permanent part of the award. In addition, the recipient will receive one year's complementary membership in ARARA. The Conservation and Preservation Committee, with the approval of ARARA's Board members, may seek funds from an individual or organization for a cash award to be given to the CAP Award recipient.

The Conservation and Preservation Committee chair is to present the CAP Award(s) during a general session of the ARARA Annual Conference in May. The recipient will be encouraged to be present for the award ceremony. If the recipient is not in attendance, the award may be presented to a family member, friend, colleague, or other representative.

The statement of nomination must include the action(s) or accomplishment(s) that warrant the award and the significance of the action to the promotion of rock art conservation and protection. Please include a thorough description of the rock art site or sites, the impact of the individual or organization, relevant dates, and other individuals or organizations involved. Click here for our CAP Award Nomination Form. Nominations should be sent in time to be received by December 31 to:

Troy Scotter, Awards Chair
troyscotter@gmail.com


Past recipients include (award not given in years not listed):