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Governor's Arts Awards

Governor's Arts Awards


2019 Governor's Arts Awards

The Oklahoma Arts Council is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Governor's Arts Awards. The deadline to submit nominations has been extended through September 17, 2018.

How to Submit a Nomination

There are two options for submitting a nomination.


About the Governor's Arts Awards

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 takes place during the summer. The Governor's Arts Awards ceremony takes place in the spring in the fourth floor rotunda of the Oklahoma State Capitol.

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View photos from the February 2018 ceremony.


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 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 are not required to address all criteria:



The Selection Committee reserves the right to honor a recipient in a category of its choice. 

Support Materials

Up to three pages of optional support materials will be accepted. Support materials are not required. Materials may include news clippings, letters of support, and other items that demonstrate the nominee's impact. 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

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The following are made available during the Governor's Arts Awards ceremony:

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 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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