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Nomination Deadline Extended for Governor's Arts Awards

OKLAHOMA CITY (October 19, 2022) – The opportunity to submit nominations for the 2023 Oklahoma Governor's Arts Awards has been extended to November 11. Since 1975, the awards have honored individuals and organizations whose efforts have contributed to the success of the arts in their communities and schools. The biennial awards ceremony takes place in the spring at the state Capitol.

Awards are presented in several categories:

First held in 1975, the event features the presentation of awards in several categories:

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. This award was created in memory of Earl Sneed, prominent 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. This award was 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. The category was named in honor of former Oklahoma Governor George Nigh.

Nominees must be current residents of the State of Oklahoma and living in Oklahoma full time, or organizations/businesses that work in and for the benefit of Oklahoma. Awards are not made posthumously. Previous recipients of The Governor’s Award are not eligible. Honorees will be selected by the Governor’s Arts Awards Selection Committee, which is comprised of members of the Governor-appointed Oklahoma Arts Council board.

A nomination form is available at Deadline for submissions is Friday, November 11, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. CT.

For more information, contact Joel Gavin, Oklahoma Arts Council director of marketing and communications, at (405) 521-2037 or


About the Oklahoma Arts Council 
The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts. The agency’s mission is to lead, cultivate, and amplify the transformative power of the arts for all Oklahomans and their communities. The Oklahoma Arts Council provides hundreds of grants to organizations and schools in communities statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state's arts and cultural industry, and manages the art collections at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Additional information is available at

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