Governor's Arts & Heritage Awards
2018 nominations open soon!
2017 Governor's Arts & Heritage Awards Dinner
All photos above courtesy of the honorees.
The 2017 Honorees
LIVING VOICES (KING COUNTY) - ARTS AWARD, EDUCATION
Living Voices is a Seattle-based regional and national touring educational theatre company, producing twelve different original shows in ongoing repertory, with a focus on social justice, racial diversity, and cultural responsiveness. Living Voices creates dynamic, interactive multi-media performances to bring life to history. Using historical perspectives based on real people and events, the Living Voices technique combines live performance with video, audio, visual aids and discussion. Archival film footage and photographs, blended with audio and presented in synchronization with a live solo actor, give the audience a chance to experience how the world looked, sounded and felt during a significant time in history, and to consider its relevance to their own lives.
LYNN DI NINO (PIERCE COUNTY) - ARTS AWARD, INDIVIDUAL
A freelance artist since 1974, Di Nino is self-taught and has been completely self-supporting through private commissions, shows and gallery sales. Her sculptural work stems from news stories, usually involving social or political observation. For Di Nino, the excitement comes in selecting the right materials: maybe concrete, household objects, plastic, shredded newspaper, coffee beans – whatever will express her story in a clever way. She sometimes combines a sober idea with humor for impact. Di Nino also has a long history of creating in four dimensions: the usual three plus working with large groups of artists and presenting performance in real time, involving ideas, costumes, singers, props, actors, dancers, music, lights, and spoken word.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM (KING COUNTY) - ARTS AWARD, ORGANIZATION
Through art, the Seattle Art Museum enriches lives and engages diverse communities. As the leading visual art institution in the Pacific Northwest, SAM draws on its global collections, powerful exhibitions, and dynamic programs to provide unique educational resources benefiting the Seattle region, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.
PETER CHRISTENSON (BENTON COUNTY) - ARTS AWARD, YOUNG ARTS LEADER
Peter Christenson is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and educator originally from Metro Detroit. He is co-founder of Left of Centre, a guerrilla-marketing firm and artist collective, and he is the catalyst behind the interventionist magazine and collaborative outfit Null Set. He holds a BA and MSW from the University of Michigan (2001, 2006) and an MFA in Intermedia from Arizona State University (2012). His current practice is rooted in new media and video, collective campaigning and protest, performance, psychosocial and interventionist art, and site-specific installation; his research continues to be significantly informed by his past experiences working as a social worker and licensed psychotherapist.
TERRANCE ROBERT BERNARD SHAW (THURSTON COUNTY) - ARTS AWARD, YOUNG ARTS LEADER
Terry Shaw was born in the Panama Canal Zone and raised in Atlanta, GA, St. Louis, MO, and Olympia, WA. In 1998, during his senior year at PLU, Terry began the Olympia Choral Society. OCS has put on some 45 concert series totaling over 150 free concerts to the community since 1998. After graduating from PLU, Terry earned a Master's Degree in Music from Boston Univeristy. In 2001, Terry was hired as choir director at Timberline High School. He has directed 16 musicals, earning several nominations and awards. In 2012, Terry began writing songs based on actual encounters and conversations that he and his wife had had with members of local homeless camps. TENTS, a full scale musical theater production about homelessness, composed and produced by Terry. Terry also serves as head football coach at Rainier High School.
DEVA LEINANI AIKO YAMASHIRO (CLARK COUNTY) - HERITAGE AWARD, INDIVIDUAL*
Born on September 15, 1955 Deva was raised in Moanalua Gardens on the island of O`ahu. She began dancing hula as a young girl, learning from her aunties and ‘ohana (family). She joined a halau hula (hula school) in Honolulu in 1976, where she received her formal hula training from the renowned kumu hula (hula teacher) Victoria Holt Takamine. In 1998, the family moved to Vancouver, WA, where Deva quickly established herself as a hula instructor. As Deva’s presence in Vancouver, WA grew, she began to expand her cultural offerings to the local Hawaiian community. In 2003, Deva founded a Hawaiian organization, Kukui Foundation, enlisting the help of people from the local Hawaiian community who shared in her vision to preserve and share the Hawaiian culture with people of the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, KKF has expanded its cultural offerings, and extended its reach of support and cultural influence to people in various states, including Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, and California, as well as to people in Hawai`i and Canada.
*ArtsWA was saddened to hear of Deva's recent passing. We celebrate her spirit of Aloha and her many achievements as a tradition bearer of the Hawaiian culture.
About the Governor's Arts & Heritage Awards
The Awards were established in 1966 to recognize individuals and artists for their significant contributions to the creative vitality of Washington State. Since inception of the program, 153 individuals and organizations have received Arts Awards, and 53 individuals and organizations have been honored with a Heritage Award.
To be eligible for either Arts or Heritage Awards, individuals or organizations must be current Washington residents or have resided in the state during the time the contributions were made, and not be a previous recipient of a Governor's Arts Award or Heritage Award. Self-nominations and posthumous nominations are accepted.