March 3, 2022: Seeking Nominations for the Carleton Toni Award

1 March 2022

The Carleton Toni Award in the Arts is given to a Carleton student whose character reflects the values, devotion and spirit of beloved teacher Antoinette “Toni” Sostek. After a distinguished career in dance, including Broadway and national television, Toni joined her husband in the academic world and spent 25 years as a dance instructor at Carleton before her passing in 1996. Through the metaphor of dance, Toni taught many important lessons in life, especially that every moment in every class was a stage in the never-ending learning process.

As a teacher, she brought her devotion to the classroom, and, most importantly, shared her passion for dance with each and every one of her students. It is that combination of devotion, and willingness to share one’s art, that best defines the Carleton Toni Award.

Nominees need not be an art major or art star, but someone who loves a particular art form, who throws him or herself into it, who lives and breathes it, and who infectiously imparts that enthusiasm to others.

Any member of the Carleton faculty, staff, or student body is invited to email the name of a junior or senior they wish to nominate to Sally Pierce in the Office of Director of the Arts by Friday, March 11. Nominations will be confirmed with the student. If the student accepts, they must secure two brief letters of support: one from the original nominator, and one from a faculty member or artistic mentor other than the nominator.