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Governor’s Arts Awards nominations due Nov. 16



CARSON CITY — The Nevada Arts Council and the Office of the Governor invite nominations for the 30th Anniversary of the Governor’s Arts Awards (GAA) to recognize and honor those Nevadans who add to our quality of life today, and ensure a strong cultural legacy for future generations. The nominations are due Monday, November 16.

“The Arts Council Board launched a massive effort to ensure that the state’s most prestigious arts recognition program would celebrate its 30th Anniversary after state funding was cut,” said Tim Jones, Arts Council Board Chair. “The board felt that this program with a thirty year history of celebrating the arts deserved to be saved. The ceremony will be held in Las Vegas in April.”

Nominees must be current residents of the State of Nevada or organizations/businesses that work in and for the benefit of Nevada. Previous recipients of a Governor¹s Arts Award and current Nevada Arts Council staff, board, contractors or their immediate families are not eligible. Nomination packets must be received in the Carson City office by 5:00 p.m. Monday, November 16, 2009. Late or faxed nominations will not be considered.

Up to a total of six awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Excellence in the Arts: This award honors artists or arts-producing organizations whose work has achieved a level of excellence and who have made a significant impact in their community and/or the state.
  • Excellence in Folk and Traditional Arts: This award honors artists or organizations recognized as significant tradition-bearers or elders who demonstrate ongoing commitment to the preservation and perpetuation of traditional culture in Nevada.
  • Leadership in the Arts: Organizations: This award recognizes a nonprofit arts organization for exceptional artistic achievement, outstanding programming or specific leadership initiatives that have stimulated excellence, growth and support and/or availability of the arts in Nevada.
  • Leadership in the Arts: Individuals: This award recognizes individuals, paid or volunteer, working in the arts that have demonstrated long-term leadership resulting in significant contributions to the arts in their community and/or the state.
  • Patronage in the Arts: Individuals or businesses who have sustained and enhanced the arts in their community and/or the state, through contributions of time, effort or financial resources.
  • Leadership in Arts Education: Schools, individuals, organizations or businesses that have made significant contributions through leadership, creativity and partnership building to advance arts education in Nevada’s schools and communities.

For guidelines and nomination packets or more information, contact the Nevada Arts Council in Carson City at (775) 687-6680 or visit the Department’s website at www.NevadaCulture.org.

The Nevada Arts Council is an agency of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. The Department serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through cultural and information management, preservation and promotion of cultural resources, and education. The Department also includes the Division of Museums and History, State Historic Preservation Office, State Library and Archives, Comstock Historic District Commission, and the Commission for Cultural Affairs. For more information visit the website at www.NevadaCulture.org.

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