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The Governor's Arts Awards and The Governor's Heritage Awards

The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) is accepting nominations for the 2022 Governor's Arts & Heritage Awards. These awards recognize individuals and organizations for their significant contributions to the creative vitality of Washington State.

  • The Governor’s Arts Awards, established in 1966, recognize and honor individuals and organizations for their significant contributions to the arts and cultural development of Washington State.
  • The Governor’s Heritage Awards, established in 1989, recognize and honor individuals and organizations for their significant contributions to preserving traditions and cultural heritage in Washington State.

To develop the best nomination packet for your nominee, we encourage you to refer to the program guidelines and other information on our website. These resources will help you understand the types of information to include in your nomination, how nominations are evaluated, and much more. If you know of others nominating the same individual or organization, we encourage you to work together to submit a single nomination. (Note: more nominations do not increase the nominees' prospect of getting an award)

Deadline for nominations is JUNE 20, 2022 at 5pm.


Eligibility:

To be eligible for a Governor's Arts or Governor's Heritage Award, Individuals or Organizations must:

  • Have significantly contributed to the arts and cultural landscape of Washington State
  • Be current Washington residents or have resided in the state during the time the contributions were made. Organizations must be based in and serving primarily Washington State residents or have been based in the state during the time the recognized contributions were made
  • Not be a previous recipient of a Governor's Arts Award or Heritage Award (exception made for the Young Arts Leader Award)

Policies:

  • Individuals or organizations may be nominated for the Governor's Arts Awards or for the Governor's Heritage Awards - but not both.
  • Self-nominations and nominations for posthumous awards are accepted.
  • You may nominate only one individual or organization per award cycle.
  • Nominators may work with nominees to create an application.
  • Applications are only accepted electronically through Submittable (below.)
  • Re-nominations: Individuals and organizations nominated in previous years are eligible to be nominated again if they did not receive an award. A new nomination packet must be created.
  • Nominees that receive multiple nominations will receive only one score from the Selection Panel. All nomination packets will be reviewed.
  • Nominators and nominees will be notified of their nomination status by early September.
  • We will make no exceptions regarding the application deadline.


Definitions, Categories, and Criteria

A Selection Panel evaluates Arts Awards nominations using two common criterion and specific criteria for individual categories.

Governor’s Arts Awards - Criteria

All nominations in the Arts categories are evaluated for:

  1. Contribution to arts and cultural development of Washington, or to a specific com­munity within the state.
  2. Impact on a community or region over time, demonstrated by level of community engagement and/or community recognition.

Governor’s Arts Awards - Categories, Definitions and Specific Criteria for each category:

  • Individual Award: defined as an outstanding generative individual artist and/or arts leader. Additionally evaluated on the quality of the artworks produced and/or impact of significant projects or initiatives that advance the arts.
  • Organization Award: defined as arts presenters or supporters. Additionally evaluated on the quality and impact of significant projects or initiatives that advance the arts.
  • Arts Education Award: an individual or an organization that demonstrates leadership, dedication, and accomplishment in arts education for youth in grades K-12. This includes work during the regular school day as part of basic education, as well as work in community settings. Additionally evaluated on the impact on the students, schools, and communities they serve.
  • Young Arts Leader Award: defined as an individual artist, arts administrator, or advocate between the ages of 18 and 40 as of the deadline date (July 25, 2022). Additionally evaluated on the quality and impact of significant projects or initiatives that advance the arts.
  • Arts Legacy Award: defined as individuals who have made a substantial and lasting contribution as artists, arts leaders and/or arts supporters to advancing the arts in Washington State. Nominations for posthumous awards accepted. Additionally evaluated on specific accomplishments and/or years of service and/or impact of career.
  • Arts Advocacy Award: defined as individuals, organizations, institutions whose arts advocacy efforts have raised awareness of and advanced the public value of the arts. Additionally evaluated on specific accomplishments.
  • Philanthropy Award: defined as individuals with a demonstrable history of philanthropy, investment, generosity, and altruism in the arts. Additionally evaluated on reach to diverse and under-served populations, culturally diverse organizations and institutions, and diverse geographic locations including under-resourced regions.
  • Community Award: awarded to an individual or an organization for exemplary arts based community development, service, and placemaking. Additionally evaluated on specific accomplishments, reach to diverse and under-served populations, culturally diverse organizations and institutions, diverse geographic locations including under-resourced regions.

Governor’s Heritage Awards – Criteria

A Selection Panel evaluates nominations for the Governor’s Heritage Awards using the following four criterion for all nominations:

  • Contributions to the heritage of Washington State or to a specific community within the state.
  • Active participation in the community as an accomplished traditional artist, scholar, historian, or resource.
  • Nominee’s work is representative of significant folk art or cultural traditions, and/or tradition bearers within the nominee’s community and recognized as such by the community.
  • Significant record of accomplishments.

Governor’s Heritage Awards – Categories and Definitions

  • Individual: Outstanding individual artist, practitioner, scholar, or historian.
  • Organization: An organization that provides outstanding support for heritage and culture.


Application Instructions

  • Saving: Save your Nomination Application as you work on it by clicking the "Save Draft" button located at the end of this webpage. You can log out and log back in, take a break, or work on your application over several days without losing your data.
  • Collaboration: If multiple people from your organization will be contributing to your application, invite them to collaborate by clicking on the "Invite Collaborators" button located at the top right of this webpage.
  • Required Questions: Questions marked with a red asterisk '*' must be completed before you submit your application. You will not be able to submit your application if any required questions have been left unanswered.
  • Submitting: Once you have completed your Nomination Application, click the "Submit" button at the end of this webpage. You will receive an automated email confirming that your form has been successfully submitted.
  • Print or download a copy of your Application by navigating to your "Personal Submissions" account list. Click on your Application submission. This will open up the submission's details page, where you can click the Download button in the upper right of the viewing box.

Questions?

Miguel Guillén, GTO Program Manager, at 360-252-9970 or miguel.guillen@arts.wa.gov

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.