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Nominations Open For 2014 Governor's Arts & Heritage Awards

ArtsWA accepting email nominations, deadline is 5:00 p.m. July 21, 2014. The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Governor's Arts & Heritage Awards. The honorees will be recognized as outstanding artists, arts organizations and cultural leaders in our state. Nominations will be considered in six categories. (See more information on the categories and guidelines for nomination.) The six categories include:

  • Individual Arts Award, given to an outstanding generative individual artist or individual arts leader;
  • Award to an Arts Organization or an organization that support the arts;
  • Arts Education Award, given to an individual, organization or school;
  • Individual Heritage Award, given to an individual artist/practitioner;
  • Heritage Organization Award
  • Young Arts Leader Award, given to an individual between the ages of 18-35.

"These awards are among the most prestigious honors that the Governor confers," said ArtsWA Executive Director Karen Hanan. "The Arts Awards were established in 1966 and the Heritage Awards were established in 1989, and many distinguished state artists and arts organizations have been honored.This year we've added a new category to recognize a young arts leader who is making a significant difference in his or her community through the arts."Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m., July 21, 2014. A selection panel will use criteria for each category to evaluate nominations. Panel recommendations will be forwarded to the Board of the Washington State Arts Commission. The Commission will then make its recommendation to the Governor, who has the final approval authority and will announce the award recipients.

"We're planning a special reception for the honorees to be held in the fall," Hanan said. "We'll have more details on that soon, but for now, we are hoping folks will send in their nominations by July 21."

See more information on the Governor's Arts & Heritage awards and download the nomination form

See Governor's Arts & Heritage Award Past Honorees

About the Washington State Arts Commission
ArtsWA is the Washington State Arts Commission, a state government agency established in 1961 with a mission "to be a catalyst for the arts, advancing the role of the arts in the lives of individuals and communities throughout the state." Executive Director Karen Hanan leads the agency, supported by 12 staff members. ArtsWA is governed by four legislators and 19 governor-appointed citizen commissioners. Visit ArtsWA on the web at 19, 2014/Washington State Arts Commission news release