Nominations open for Governor’s Arts & Heritage Luminary Awards

The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) invites nominations of Washington’s outstanding arts and cultural leaders, artists, culture bearers, and arts organizations for the Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards (GAHA) – Luminary Awards. The arts and culture sector has been hit hard by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Our sector was the first to close; first to experience the pandemic’s devastating economic impacts. As we move towards recovery, ArtsWA wants to recognize artists, individuals, and cultural organizations who have stood as shining lights for their communities; those whose leadership and steadfast efforts kept hope alive in and for their communities – even as they were facing the pandemics devastation themselves. We want to honor that commitment. This year instead of our typical Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards we will present these leaders with a special Luminary Award. Two awards will be given for each region in the state, one to an individual and one to an organization.   Nominations will be accepted through August 2, 2021. Read the guidelines and make your nominations @

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