Nominations now being accepted for 2024 West Virginia Governor’s Arts Awards

The Governor’s Arts Awards celebrate excellence in the arts in West Virginia. The awards focus attention on the importance of arts to economic development in the Mountain State by honoring individuals and organizations whose creative achievements and significant contributions to the arts enhance life in West Virginia.

The nomination deadline is Monday, February 12, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, at 6 p.m., at the Culture Center in Charleston.

About the Awards

The Governor’s Arts Awards celebrate excellence in the arts in West Virginia. The awards focus attention on the importance of arts to economic development in the Mountain State by honoring individuals and organizations whose creative achievements and significant contributions to the arts enhance life in West Virginia.

Eligibility

Nominees must be residents of or organizations based in West Virginia. Members of the selection committee; members of the West Virginia Commission on the Arts; and West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History staff; and their immediate family members are not eligible. Posthumous nominations are not accepted.

Selection

Award winners will be chosen by a selection committee that may include West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History staff, members of the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and arts representatives from around the state. The selection committee may choose to give more than one award or no award in any category. The committee will recommend the top three scoring nominees for the Governor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement to the Governor who will then select the awardee.

Award winners and those who nominated them will be notified by Friday, February 23, 2024 of the selections.

Nomination Categories:

Susan S. Landis Distinguished Service to the Arts – Individual recognizes an individual of exceptional talent, creativity, and energy; who contributes to the arts by fostering growth in arts programs; and represents West Virginia arts with distinction on state, regional, and national levels.

Susan S. Landis Distinguished Service to the Arts – Organization recognizes an organization that demonstrates exceptional support for talent, creativity and energy; contributes to the arts by fostering growth in arts programs; and represents West Virginia arts with distinction on state, regional, and national levels.

Artist of the Year recognizes an individual artist who demonstrates excellence in their discipline and whose work significantly impacts and contributes to an appreciation and growth of arts in West Virginia.

Arts Organization of the Year recognizes an organization that demonstrates excellence in support of and/or presenting the arts in a way that significantly impacts and contributes to an appreciation or growth of arts in West Virginia.

Arts in Education – Individual recognizes the work of an individual to strengthen arts education in West Virginia schools and provide creative opportunities for students to participate in arts education.

Arts in Education – Organization recognizes the work of an organization to strengthen arts education in West Virginia schools and provide creative opportunities for students to participate in arts education.

Folk Arts – Individual recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership or skill in the field of folk and traditional arts within West Virginia.

Folk Arts – Organization recognizes an organization that has demonstrated exceptional leadership or skill in the field of folk and traditional arts within West Virginia.

Emerging Artist of the Year recognizes an early-career emerging artist who shows promise in their discipline.

Emerging Arts Organization of the Year recognizes an emerging West Virginia arts organization that is significantly impacting its community.

Governor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement recognizes an individual or organization for a lifetime of significant commitment to the arts through personal talent and skills; lifelong arts educational leadership; and support of arts development in West Virginia.

For more information about the West Virginia Governor’s Art Awards, or to submit a nomination, click here.

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