Our Press & Awards

Art Buddies has been recognized both locally and nationally over the years. Below are examples of stories and awards we've received


“Teaching art for business' sake”

Minnesota Business Magazine featured an article about Executive Director Scott Mikesh and Art Buddies in the March/April 2018 issue focused on social enterprise & nonprofit business.
Minnesota Business Magazine article, “Teaching art for business' sake”


“Creative mentors empowering kids to succeed”

The Philanthropy Journal featured an article about Art Buddies in the June 2016 issue focused on Youth Development.
Philanthropy Journal article, “Creative mentors empowering kids to succeed”


“Art Buddies mentors show the power of imagination”

Minnesota Monthly featured an editorial about Art Buddies in the May 2016 issue of GIVE Twin Cities magazine.
Minnesota Monthly article, “Art Buddies mentors show the power of imagination”


Art Buddies among top five charities in Minneapolis

Readers of Minneapolis Happening Magazine voted Art Buddies among the top five Minneapolis charities for 2015.
Minneapolis Happening article, “2015 Everything Minneapolis: Charity”


“An illustrated guide to Art Buddies”

Artist and writer, Taylor Baldry, wrote a feature article about Art Buddies for Pollen, published by MinnPost in February 2014.
Pollen article, “An illustrated guide to Art Buddies”


“The art of mentoring”

Minneapolis Star Tribune business reporter Neal St Anthony wrote a feature article on Art Buddies in May 2009.
Star Tribune article, “The Art of Mentoring”


“Making Art, Making Buddies”

The Southwest Journal featured Art Buddies in a cover story, December 2007.


Creatives for Causes wins Angel of Mentoring Award

In 2004, the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota chose Creatives for Causes as the Twin Cities organization which exemplified the best in mentoring.
Angel of Mentoring Award Press Release, September 2004 (PDF)


“Reaching for the stars with help from friends”

Minneapolis Star Tribune article, May 2000


“The Richard & Jean Coyne Family Foundation – Creatives for Causes”

Communication Arts magazine article, March 1998

Our Founder's Awards and Honors


Sue Crolick honored as esteemed judge for 50 Over 50

In 2016, our founder was honored by AARP Minnesota and Pollen as one of the ten esteemed committee members for 50 Over 50—recognizing fifty incredible individuals over the age of 50 from across Minnesota who are making an impact.


Sue Crolick selected for AIGA Minnesota Fellow Award

Our founder received the chapter’s highest honor in January, 2010. 
AIGA Fellow Award Press Release (PDF)


Sue Crolick selected for Purpose Prize Fellow Award

Our founder was chosen as a national leader in social innovation by Civic Ventures, a San Francisco-based think tank on boomers, work and social purpose.
Purpose Prize Press Release, September 2006 (PDF)
Purpose Prize website feature


Sue Crolick wins Advertising Federation of Minnesota Silver Medal Award

In 2004, Ad Fed selected our founder for her career achievements and community service.
Silver Medal Award Press Release, January 2004 (PDF)


“Sue Crolick, A Creative for Causes”

Mpls/St Paul magazine article, Fall 2004


Sue Crolick wins KARE TV Woman of Distinction Award

Mpls/St Paul magazine article, November 1996


“Creativity and kids give former designer a cause for action”

Minneapolis Star Tribune article, January 1996


“Cutting Loose – New paths taken by five people who were in business and chose to leave”

Twin Cities Business Monthly article, December 1995


“Sue Crolick – Why is this renowned art director forsaking a successful design business…”

HOW Design Annual article, December 1994