The Governor's Arts Awards is an annual event recognizing individuals and organizations whose efforts have impacted the arts in their communities or throughout the state. First awarded in 1975, the awards are presented by the Governor during a special ceremony at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
The nominating period for the Governor's Arts Awards generally takes place during the summer. The Governor's Arts Awards ceremony has historically taken place in the fall at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Beginning in 2018, the ceremony will take place in the spring. Nominations were due September 12, 2017.
Nominees must be current, full-time Oklahoma residents or organizations that work in and for the benefit of Oklahoma. Previous recipients of The Governor's Award are not eligible. View a list of past award recipients.
Nominations for arts organizations, employees of arts organizations, or educators should reflect activity beyond normal expectations or responsibilities.
The following is used as criteria by the Selection Committee. Submissions do not have to address all criteria:
Nominee's general involvement in the arts
Nominee's leadership in major initiatives
Nominee's work to increase funding and resources
Nominee's efforts to increase public awareness of the arts
Nominee's efforts to increase access to the arts for underserved individuals and/or communities
Nominee's impact on arts education
Nominee's volunteer work in the arts
The Selection Committee reserves the right to honor a recipient in a category of its choice.
The Governor's Award - Recognizes individuals for longtime leadership and significant contributions to the arts across Oklahoma.
Arts in Education Award - Recognizes an individual, organization, school, educator or group for their outstanding leadership and service in the arts benefitting youth and/or arts in education.
Business in the Arts Award - Recognizes businesses/corporations who exhibit outstanding support of the arts in Oklahoma.
Community Service Award - Recognizes individuals for significant contributions to the arts in specific Oklahoma communities in the areas of leadership and volunteerism.
Media in the Arts Award - Recognizes an individual member in the media who demonstrates commitment to the arts in Oklahoma documented through public awareness support and fairness, initiative, creativity and professionalism in reporting.
George Nigh Public Service in the Arts Award - Recognizes an Oklahoma government official for outstanding support of the arts.
Past Award Recipients
The following are made available during the Governor's Arts Awards ceremony:
- Large print programs
- Reserved seating for guests who have hearing impairments
- A sign-language interpreter
- Reserved seating for guests in wheelchairs
- Wheelchairs may be available (please contact us in advance to inquire)
If you plan to attend the Governor's Arts Awards ceremony and have needs related to accessibility not listed above, please contact us at (405) 521-2931 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It is the goal of the Oklahoma Arts Council staff to meet the needs of all our constituents who wish to attend the Governor's Arts Awards.
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