The American Creativity Association celebrates creativity through a number of honorary awards intended to recognize creative leadership in all sectors of our society. These awards are determined directly by our board of directors; there are no external nomination or application processes or forms associated with our honorary awards. Each honorary award is intended to honor individuals whose lives, work, and achievements reflect the Association’s vision of promoting personal and professional creativity. Accordingly, these awards are the Association’s highest form of recognition and are awarded at the ACA’s World Conference.
A list of past honorary award recipients may be found by clicking on the title of any award. Not all awards are presented each year.
The Hall of Fame honor recognizes a person who has substantially contributed to and enhanced the field of creativity by one or both of the following: outstanding scholarship that has led to significant understanding of creativity in theory and action or exemplary practice that has provided an important model for practitioners in the field of creativity.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual whose life and career are characterized by extraordinary creative accomplishments that have substantially contributed to the betterment of society. Such accomplishments may be in the form of inventions, discoveries, works or performances of art, a body of research, educational curricula or practices, professional service, or service to the community in general.
The Champion of Creativity Award is presented to an individual who has been an outstanding proponent of creativity and has put forth extraordinary effort in the service of creativity as evidenced by their vigorous advocacy for the development and support of programs or environments that support and encourage creativity and/or their courage and persistence as an advocate or sponsor of a valuable concept, service, or product.
The Corporate Special Achievement Award is presented to an organization who has made an outstanding creative contribution to the field of creativity or to society in general. Such contribution may take the form of an invention, discovery, work or performance of art, research study, educational program, or special service to the community.
The Special Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding creative contribution to the field of creativity or to society in general. Such contribution may take the form of an invention, discovery, work or performance of art, research study, educational program, or special service to the community.
The Special Service Award is presented to an individual who has given generously of their time, energy, or resources in support of the mission and values of the American Creativity Association.
The E. Paul Torrance Graduate Student Research Award honors Dr. Torrance's lifetime commitment to supporting graduate student studies. This award recognizes a graduate student (at the masters or doctoral level) whose study shows promise that he or she will become a leader in the field of applied creativity. The awardee is required to present his or her work at the annual ACA World Conference.