Washington State Arts Commission
Nomination deadline: 6/3/2019, 5 PM

The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) invites nominations of outstanding arts leaders, artists, culture bearers, and arts organizations for the 2019 Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards.  
 
The Governor’s Arts Awards, established in 1966, recognize outstanding individuals and organizations for their significant contributions to the arts and cultural development of Washington State. The Governor’s Heritage Awards, established in 1989, honor outstanding individuals and organizations for their dedication to preserving and promoting traditions and cultural heritage in our state.
GOVERNOR’S ARTS AWARD CATEGORIES
Common criteria include contributions to arts and cultural development of Washington State, or to a specific community within the state; and impact on a Washington State community/region over time, as demonstrated by level of community engagement and/or community recognition.  There are eight categories for the Governor’s Arts Award:
  • Individual
  • Organization
  • Arts Education
  • Young Arts Leader
  • Arts Legacy
  • Arts Advocacy
  • Philanthropy Award
  • Community Award
GOVERNOR’S HERITAGE AWARD CATEGORIES
The two categories for the Governor’s Heritage Award include:
  • Outstanding Individual Artist/Practitioner
  • Heritage Organization Award, which recognizes an organization that provides outstanding support for heritage and culture.
A selection panel evaluates nominations for the Governor’s Heritage Awards using the four criterion for all nominations.
  • Contributions to the heritage of Washington State, or to a specific community within the state.
  • Active participation in the artist’s community as a master traditional artist, community scholar, or traditional community historian.
  • Nominee’s work is representative of significant folk art or cultural traditions, and/or tradition bearers within the nominee’s community and recognized as such by the community.
  • Significant record of accomplishments.