Chieko Phillips (left) and Barbara Earl Thomas (right) at the 2016 Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards. Thomas was an Individual Artist Award honoree. Photo courtesy of Eva Blanchard Photography.
Governor's Arts & Heritage Awards
Chieko Phillips (left) and Barbara Earl Thomas (right) at the 2016 Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards. Thomas was an Individual Artist Award honoree. Photo courtesy of Eva Blanchard Photography.

2022 Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards (GAHA) – November, 2022

Nominations are closed.

The 2022 Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards (GAHA) program will be presented in November, 2022.

Governor’s Arts Awards – Categories

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

Governor’s Heritage Awards – Categories

  • Individual
  • Organization

The Selection Process

A selection panel evaluates nominations. Panel recommendations are forwarded to ArtsWA’s board of commissioners. The Commission deliberates and forwards recommendations to the Governor, who has final approval authority. Once approved, all nominators and nominees are notified and award recipients are announced to the public.

For more information or questions contact:
Miguel Guillén | miguel.guillen@arts.wa.gov | 360-252-9970

Support GAHA

Become an Event Sponsor

Sponsorships make this celebrated event possible. Sponsors also provide complimentary seating for student-artists, awardee family members, or others who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend.

GAHA is seen by:

  • 200+ in person event attendees
  • 1,000+ online viewers

The promotional campaign for GAHA is seen by ArtsWA’s 12,000 followers on social media.

To learn more about sponsorship, view the sponsorship packet here, or contact Communications Manager Michael Wallenfels at michael.wallenfels@arts.wa.gov.

Special Thanks to Our 2021 Event Sponsors

About the Awards

The Governor’s Arts Awards, established in 1966, recognize outstanding individuals and organizations for their significant contributions to the arts and cultural development of Washington State.

The Governor’s Heritage Awards, established in 1989, honor outstanding individuals and organizations whose dedication to preserving and promoting traditions and cultural heritage are worthy of state recognition.