Local artists lauded at 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards

Governor's Arts Awards

Phoenix Theatre Managing Director Vincent VanVleet received the Individual Award at the 38th annual Governor’s Arts Awards on Thursday, March 7 at the Renaissance Downtown Phoenix. (Submitted photo)

Phoenix artist Craig Bohmler received the 2019 Governor’s Arts Award for Artist of the Year and Phoenix Theatre Managing Director Vincent VanVleet received the Individual Award at the 38th annual Governor’s Arts Awards on Thursday, March 7 at the Renaissance Downtown Phoenix.

Twenty-one finalists in seven categories were selected for consideration by three volunteer selection panels.

In addition to Bohmler and VanVleet, 2019 honorees were:

  • Erica Herman, Casa Grande: Arts in Education – Individual
  • Arts for All, Tucson – Arts in Education – Organization
  • PSA Art Awakenings, Phoenix – Community
  • Desert Financial Credit Union – Large Business
  • Manley Films, Phoenix – Small Business

Also recognized at the event were Philanthropy honorees Susan and Bill Ahearn of Phoenix and Louise and James Glasser of Tucson.

Longtime arts advocate Joanie Flatt received the Shelley Award, presented annually to an individual who has advanced the arts through strategic and innovative work in creating or supporting public policy beneficial to the arts in Arizona. The Shelley Award has been presented since 2005.

The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts in partnership with the Office of the Governor.  Since 1981, more than 250 distinguished artists, individuals, cultural organizations, educators, businesses and philanthropists have received Governor’s Arts Awards.

For more information, visit www.azcitizensforthearts.org.

Arizona Citizens for the Arts, a 37-year-old 501 (c)3 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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