GAHA Nomination Guidelines

2018 nominations open soon!

To be eligible individuals or organizations must have significantly contributed to the arts and cultural landscape of Washington State; 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 (except for the Young Arts Leader Award). Self-nominations and posthumous nominations are accepted.

Download the 2018 Governor's Arts & Heritage Award Guidelines

Categories

GOVERNOR'S ARTS AWARDS

  • Individual Artist
  • Arts Organization
  • Arts Education
  • Young Arts Leader 
  • Arts Legacy
  • Arts Advocacy
  • Philanthropy Award
  • Community Award
     

GOVERNOR'S HERITAGE AWARDS

  • Heritage - Individual
  • Heritage - Organization

Criteria

GOVERNOR'S ARTS AWARDS - Common 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.
     

GOVERNOR'S ARTS AWARDS - Categories, Definitions and Specific Criteria

  • 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 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 Education category (defined as an individual or an organization that demonstrate 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.
  • 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: check back soon!) are additionally evaluated on: the quality and impact of significant projects or initiatives that advance the arts.
  • Arts Legacy Award category (defined as: individuals who have made a substantial and lasting contribution as artists, arts leaders and/or arts supporters to advancing the arts in Washington State. Posthumous nominations accepted. Nominees are additionally evaluated on: specific accomplishments and/or years of service and/or impact of career.
  • Arts Advocacy Award category – (defined as individuals, organizations, institutions whose arts advocacy efforts have raised awareness of and advanced the public value of the arts) Nominees are additionally evaluated on: specific accomplishments.
  • Philanthropy Award category – (defined as individuals with a demonstrable history of philanthropy, investment, generosity, and altruism in the arts). Nominees are additionally evaluated on reach to diverse and underserved populations; culturally diverse organizations and institutions; diverse geographic locations including under-resourced regions.
  • Community Award category – (defined as exemplary arts based community development, service, and placemaking). Nominees are additionally evaluated on: specific accomplishments, reach to diverse and underserved populations; culturally diverse organizations and institutions; diverse geographic locations including under-resourced regions.
     

GOVERNOR'S HERITAGE AWARDS - Common 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.
     

GOVERNOR'S HERITAGE AWARDS - Categories, Definitions and Specific Criteria

  • Individual: Outstanding Individual Artist/Practitioner
  • 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.


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