The 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards Seeks Nominations

Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts is accepting nominations in three categories

GAA_NOMNNASHVILLE—The Tennessee Arts Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards. Established in 1971, the awards are Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts—recognizing individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to cultural life. The award presentation will be held in the spring of 2015 at Conservation Hall at the Executive Residence in Nashville.

“The awards provide an opportunity to recognize the state’s rich cultural heritage, and reward creative excellence in the arts,” says Anne Pope, Executive Director of the Commission. “The honored recipients represent the best of Tennessee, with selection based on their extraordinary contributions. Their influence often extends well beyond the state, making an impact across the country and even internationally.”

There are three award categories:

The Folklife Heritage Award is presented to folk artists or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to artistic tradition. The award honors significant achievements within art forms that are rooted in the traditional or ethnic culture of Tennessee.

The Arts Leadership Award is presented to arts organizations, businesses, educators, patrons, arts administrators, corporations, and volunteers that have demonstrated significant support or participation in activities on a statewide basis that advances the value of the arts in Tennessee.

The Distinguished Artist Award is presented to Tennessee artists of exceptional talent and creativity in any discipline that over the course of a career have contributed to the arts and influenced directions, trends, and aesthetic practices on a state or national level.

The nomination form is found at and should be printed and returned to the Tennessee Arts Commission with no less than three, but no more than five letters of support for each nominee. Nominations may be submitted by organizations or individuals and will remain active for four years unless selected. All forms and letters of support must be received by the Tennessee Arts Commission no later than 4:30 p.m. (CST) on November 21, 2014.

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