The Oklahoma Arts Council is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Governor's Arts Awards. Deadline for submissions is August 2, 2016.
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. To view past award recipients, click here.
Nominations for arts organizations, employees of arts organizations, or educators should reflect activity beyond normal expectations or responsibilities.
To Submit a Nomination
There are two options for submitting a nomination.
Option 1: Complete the online nomination form below.
Option 2: Download a nomination form and follow instructions for submitting a two- to three-page typewritten narrative describing the nominee's efforts in the arts and the impact of those efforts. Click here to download the nomination form.
Up to three pages of optional support materials will be accepted. Support materials are not required. Materials may include news clippings, support letters, and other items. Audio and video materials will not be accepted.
Support materials must be submitted via email or mail to:
Governor's Arts Awards Selection Committee
c/o Oklahoma Arts Council
PO Box 52001-2001
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2001
Deadline for Submissions
The deadline to submit nominations and support materials is Tuesday, August 2, 2016.
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The following criteria is used by the Governor's Arts Awards Selection Committee to evaluate nominations. Address the criteria related to the nominee's efforts. It may not be necessary 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 recipients in categories 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. Created in memory of Earl Sneed, distinguished arts advocate.
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. Created in memory of Bill Crawford, veteran professional journalist.
George Nigh Public Service in the Arts Award - Recognizes an Oklahoma government official for outstanding support of the arts.
Award recipients are selected by members of the Governor's Arts Awards Selection Committee, comprised of Governor-appointed Oklahoma Arts Council board members. Past Governor's Award recipients may also be on the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee reserves the right to honor recipients in categories of its choice.
For questions related to submitting a Governor's Arts Awards nomination, please contact our Director of Marketing and Communications.