From Hal Partlow, Associate Director of Grants –
Nominations for for the 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards will be accepted until May 31, 2019. The awards will be presented by Governor and First Lady Lee Established in 1971, these accolades are Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts, recognizing individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to cultural life.
There are three award categories:
FOLKLIFE HERITAGE AWARD
Presented to folk artists or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to Tennessee’s traditional arts. The award honors significant achievements within art forms that are rooted in the traditional or ethnic cultures of Tennessee.
ARTS LEADERSHIP AWARD
Presented to individuals or organizations who have demonstrated significant contributions, which have impacted or advanced the value of the arts in Tennessee. Examples of recipients include arts organizations, businesses, educators, patrons, arts administrators, corporations and volunteers.
DISTINGUISHED ARTIST AWARD
Presented to Tennessee artists of exceptional talent and creativity in any discipline whose work has a significant and lasting impact on a state or national level.
All nominations must include a narrative detailing the nominee’s contribution to the arts in a specific award category. Each nomination must also include at least three but no more than five current letters of support. Instructions on the complete nomination process and the nomination form can be found HERE.