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Governor's Arts Awards Nominations


About the Governor's Arts Awards

Since 1975, the Governor's Arts Awards has recognized hundreds of individuals and organizations whose efforts have impacted the arts in their communities or throughout the state. Learn more about the Governor's Arts Awards.

To Submit a Nomination

There are two options for submitting a nomination.


Deadline for Nominations

The deadline to submit nominations and support materials is Friday, October 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

Support Materials

Up to three pages of optional support materials will be accepted. Support materials are not required. Support materials help demonstrate the impact of the nominee's efforts. News clippings, letters of recommendation, and other items are often submitted. Audio and video materials will not be accepted.

Support materials must be received by the deadline. Materials should be submitted by 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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Nominees must be current, full-time Oklahoma residents or organizations that work in and for the benefit of Oklahoma. Previous honorees in The Governor's Award category are not eligible. Click here to view a list of previous honorees.

Nominations for arts organizations, employees of arts organizations, or educators should reflect activity beyond normal expectations or responsibilities.


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:



The Selection Committee reserves the right to honor recipients in categories of its choice.


Selection Process

Honorees are selected by members of the Governor's Arts Awards Selection Committee, comprised of Governor-appointed Oklahoma Arts Council board members. Past recipients of The Governor's Award 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.