Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA)
Deadline: 8/2/2021

Nominations are now open for the Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards (GAHA) Luminary Awards. This is your opportunity to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary efforts of individuals, artists, and cultural organizations across Washington. This year instead of our typical Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards, we will present special Luminary Awards to those who stepped up to shine a light for their communities during the darkness of the pandemic. Whether through inspirational works of art, innovative public programs and beyond, these nominees will be artists, educators, tradition bearers, or cultural organizations – including past GAHA recipients – who lit a way forward for their community.

Tell us your nominee’s story of leadership, perseverance, and contribution to the arts and culture landscape of Washington during the pandemic. Include why the efforts, achievements, and accomplishments of your nominee are noteworthy and how and by whom their efforts have been recognized. If relevant, also include information on how your nominee’s work has impacted specific underserved communities.

Nominations must be submitted online by August 2, 2021 for consideration. A letter of recommendation is required. See more details below.

Two awards will be given for each region in the state, one to an individual and one to an organization.  Regions include:

  • Northwest Region – (Island, King, Kitsap, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom counties)
  • Southwest Region – (Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, Wahkiakum counties)
  • Central Region – (Chelan, , Ferry, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, Yakima counties)
  • Eastern Region – (Adams, Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman counties)

If you know of an arts or culture organization or individual artist or arts professional that should be recognized for a Luminary Award, send a one-page nomination letter by August 2, 2021. Past GAHA recipients and self-nominations are eligible.

Learn more and submit your nomination by August 2, 2021 at: arts.wa.gov/gaha