GAHA Nomination Guidelines

Nomination deadline: July 7, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

2016 NOMINATION PERIOD IS OPEN

The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) invites you to nominate outstanding artists, arts organizations, and cultural leaders in our state for the Governor’s Arts Awards and Governor’s Heritage Awards. 

Nomination categories

GOVERNOR'S ARTS AWARDS

  • Individual Artist
  • Arts Organization
  • Arts Educator
  • Young Arts Leader 
     

GOVERNOR'S HERITAGE AWARDS

  • Heritage - Individual
  • Heritage - Organization

Criteria and Evaluation

All GOVERNOR'S ARTS AWARD nominees are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Nominee’s contributions to arts and cultural development of Washington State, or to a specific community within the state.
  • Nominee’s impact on a Washington State community/region over time, as demonstrated by level of community engagement and/or community recognition.
     

Arts Awards nominees in the Individual Artist category (defined as: an outstanding generative individual artist or arts leader) are additionally evaluated on: the quality of the artworks produced and/or impact of significant projects or initiatives that advance the arts.

Arts Awards nominees in the Arts Organization category (defined as: arts presenters/supporters) are additionally evaluated on: the quality and impact of significant projects or initiatives that advance the arts.

Arts Awards nominees in the Arts Educator Award (defined as a certified K-12 teacher, a professional teaching artist, a school/district administrator, or other individual demonstrating excellence and dedication in arts education.) are additionally evaluated on: contributions to and impact on the education of the students in the K-12 schools they serve. This category highlights work that happens during regular school hours, as part of basic education in K-12 public schools.

Arts Awards nominees in the Young Arts Leader Award category (defined as: an individual artist, arts administrator, or advocate between the ages of 18 and 40 as of deadline date of: July 7, 2016) are additionally evaluated on: the quality and impact of significant projects or initiatives that advance the arts.

All GOVERNOR'S HERITAGE AWARD nominees are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Contributions to the heritage of Washington State, or to a specific community within the state.
  • Active participation in the artist’s community as a master traditional artist, community scholar, or traditional community historian.
  • 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 and excellence.

Heritage Award nominee categories are defined as:

Heritage - Individual: Outstanding Individual Artist/Practitioner
Heritage - Organization: An organization that provides outstanding support for heritage and culture

EVALUATION

A selection panel will evaluate nominations.  Panel recommendations will be forwarded to the Board of the Washington State Arts Commission.  The Commission will then make its recommendation to the Governor, who has the final approval authority and will announce the award recipients.

Nominees may not be a previous recipient of a Governor’s Arts Award or Heritage Award with the exception of recipients of the Young Arts Leader award.


Make a Nomination

Please complete the form here to start the nomination process.
 
Once the form is received by ArtsWA, we will send you confirmation and instructions on how to submit nomination materials.
 
Nomination materials will include:
 
  • A nomination letter by the nominator (Required)
  • A bio and/or resume of the nominee (Required)
  • No more than three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Work samples
 



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