Nominations are open for the 40th Annual Governor’s Arts Awards for 2021, which will be presented to individuals, businesses and organizations that have made substantial and outstanding contributions to arts and culture in Arizona.
Categories have been added to recognize an even greater number of candidates who are making significant contributions in both rural and urban communities across the state.
Chris Hamby, artistic director for TheaterWorks, 10580 N. 83rd Drive, Peoria, received the 2020 Governor’s Arts Award in the Central Arizona Artist category.
Andre Licardi, a Glendale resident who serves on the seven-member Peoria Arts Commission, which has a mission to enhance the quality of life in the community by fostering and supporting cultural opportunities for both local artists and the general public was a 2020 nominee for the Arts Administrator/Organization Award.
Nominations in 2021 will be vetted by peer-based panels with representation from five regions in Arizona – northwest, southwest, northeast, southeast and central.
The 2021 Shelley Award also will be presented.
Nominations must be submitted online at https://forms.gle/f4B5VqN1soSytcxz6 by Friday, Jan. 8. The 40th annual Governor’s Arts Awards will be a statewide celebration on March 26 with coordinated activities in communities across the state.
“This is a very special year, given the 40th anniversary,” Arizona Citizens for the Arts executive director Joseph Benesh stated in a news release. “This year we will include food and fashion into the celebration in an exciting new format. We look forward to recognizing creative people and organizations from all over.”
Nominees in all categories must be residents of Arizona, a business operating in and for the benefit of Arizona, a school or a community organization. Business, arts organizations or school honorees that have won the award may be nominated again if at least five years have passed since receiving the award. Previous individual Governor’s Arts Awards recipients in any category are not eligible.
Volunteer selection panels comprised of past winners, community members and arts leaders from across the state will review nominations based on three criteria: significance of the contributions and achievements of the nominee; range of individuals or groups served by the contributions and length and degree to which the nominee is dedicated to the arts.
Since 1981, more than 200 distinguished artists, individuals, arts and cultural organizations, educators and businesses have received Governor’s Arts Awards.