Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Governor's Arts Awards.
The Governor's Arts Awards are a partnership between the Office of the Governor and the Arts Commission to recognize and honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the arts in Oregon.
The Governor’s Arts Awards are open to any individual, organization or community that currently resides in or has a significant presence in Oregon and has made outstanding contributions to the arts in the state. The 148 past recipients of a Governor’s Arts Award are not eligible (see past recipients).
Nominations will be reviewed by a committee comprised of a representative from the Governor’s Office, an Arts Commissioner and three to five arts leaders from across the state. They will recommend three to five awards based on the nominee’s regional, national or international recognition for his/her/their contributions; role in improving the quality of arts experiences and appreciation for the arts in Oregon; contributions to advancing the arts’ positive impact on Oregonians’ quality of life; and length of service to the arts in Oregon. A special category has been added for the 2020 Arts Awards to recognize virtual arts engagement during COVID-19 social distancing. Governor Brown will have final approval of award recipients.
View Call for Nominations PDF for submission instructions.
To be eligible nominees must currently reside in or have significant presence in Oregon and have made outstanding contributions to the arts in the state. Past recipients of a Governor’s Arts Award are not eligible (view the list of past recipients).
The following types of individuals and organizations will be considered.
- Arts organizations
- Arts Advocates
- Arts Educators/scholars
- Arts Administrators
- Arts Volunteers/leaders in the arts
- Virtual arts engagement*
*Special category in recognition of community response during COVID-19 health crisis
Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10. The Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony, hosted by Governor Kate Brown, will take place virutally on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
Recipients will be notified by July 13 and must be available to participate in the vitural ceremony.
Download the nomination form below.