Lend support to individuals, organizations and businesses that have made an impact in the arts and cultural scene in Arizona by nominating them for awards.

Nominations for the 40th Annual Governor’s Awards are being taken online through Friday, Jan. 8. These honors are given to those who have made significant, outstanding contributions to arts and culture in the state. Categories have been added to recognize an even larger number of candidates whose work makes a significant difference in rural and urban communities across Arizona.

Peer-based panels will review the nominations. The categories are: Artist, Small Arts Organization, Large Arts Organization, Small Business, Large Business and Arts Educator. The 2021 Shelley Award also will be given to someone who has advanced the arts through strategic and innovative work in creating or supporting public policy that helps the arts in Arizona.

Nominees for awards must be Arizona residents, a business operating in and for the benefit of Arizona, a community organization or a school.

Panels with previous winners, community members and arts leaders around Arizona will evaluate nominations based on these criteria: significance of the contributions and success of the nominee; the range of people or groups served by their work and the length and degree to which they are dedicated to the arts.

More than 200 recipients have received Governor’s Arts Awards since 1981. The awards will be celebrated on March 26 with activities around the state. To make a nomination, visit docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScEFLi6b-xgb7hL_uNeznKrr2nVWLVqdpnpJ2A_bLBZ5TjHtw/viewform. Or visit the Arizona Citizens for the Arts’ Facebook page at facebook.com/ArizonaCitizensfortheArts.




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