Deadline approaching for 35th Governor’s Arts Awards nominations

The deadline for nominations for the 35th Annual Governor’s Arts Awards is Friday, Dec. 11.

Arts Awards

Awards will be presented in seven categories to individuals, businesses and organizations that have made substantial and outstanding contributions to arts and culture in Arizona.

For the first time, the business category has been split into two divisions, a new category for small businesses with 1-99 employees and a second for businesses with more than 100.

Winners will be announced at the Governor’s Arts Awards dinner and celebration, March 23, 2016, at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, 340 N. 3rd St. The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts in partnership with the Office of the Governor.

Nominations must be completed online by Friday, Dec. 11.  To complete a nomination application, go to http://azcitizensforthearts.org/governors-arts-awards.

Since 1981, more than 175 artists, individuals, arts and cultural organizations, educators and businesses have received Governor’s Arts Awards.

Categories are:

  • Artist:  recognizing a living Arizona artist of significant merit, leadership or renown whose creations or contributions enrich the state and the field of the arts.  This category is open to artists of all disciplines.
  • Individual:  recognizing an individual for significant contributions to the arts in Arizona in arts leadership, support and/or volunteerism.
  • Community: recognizing a community organization or institution that has demonstrated significant support of or participation in community-based programs or services fostering excellence in, appreciation of, or access to the arts in Arizona.  Schools or school districts are not eligible in this category.
  • Arts In Education Organization: recognizing a nonprofit arts organization or school that has demonstrated significant support or participation in activities which foster excellence in, appreciation of, or access to arts education in Arizona.
  • Arts In Education Individual: recognizing educators, teaching artists, school administrators or school volunteers who have demonstrated significant support or participation in activities fostering excellence in, appreciation of, or access to arts education in Arizona.
  • Small Business: recognizing small, private or nonprofit businesses (1-99 employees), demonstrating significant support locally or statewide, through a contribution of time, energy, personnel, expertise and/or financial support or by participation in activities which foster excellence in, appreciation of, or access to the arts.
  • Large Business: recognizing large (100-plus employees) private or nonprofit businesses demonstrating significant support through time, energy and/or financial support or by participation in activities which foster excellence in, appreciation of, or access to the arts throughout the state.

Honorees will be selected by an independent panel of judges.  Nominees must be living residents of Arizona, a business operating in and for the benefit of Arizona, a school or a community organization.

Business, arts organizations or school honorees that have won the award may be nominated again if at least five years have passed since receiving the award.  Previous individual Governor’s Arts Awards recipients in any category are not eligible.

The 11th Shelley Award also will be presented to an Arizona individual who has advanced the arts through strategic and innovative work in creating or supporting public policy beneficial to the arts in Arizona.  The award is named for Shelley Cohn, who spent more than 25 years as executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Arizona Citizens for the Arts, a 34-year-old 501 c3 organization, acts as the eyes, ears and voice of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in Arizona at the State Legislature, in local city halls and partnerships with business and community leaders involved in building and supporting quality of life in Arizona.

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