Seeking Nominations for the Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards – Luminary Awards / Funding

August 2, 2021

Organization Name: ArtsWA

Organization Location: Olympia, WA

Type: Calls & Submissions | Funding

Fee: Free


Nominations are now open for the Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards (GAHA) Luminary Awards! This year instead of the typical Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards, ArtsWA will present special Luminary Awards to those who stepped up to shine a light for their communities during the darkness of the pandemic. Whether through inspirational works of art, innovative public programs and beyond, these nominees will be artists, educators, tradition bearers, or cultural organizations – including past GAHA recipients – who lit a way forward for their community.

Tell us your nominee’s story of leadership, perseverance, and contribution to the arts and culture landscape of Washington during the pandemic. Include why the efforts, achievements, and accomplishments of your nominee are noteworthy and how and by whom their efforts have been recognized. If relevant, also include information on how your nominee’s work has impacted specific underserved communities.

Two awards will be given for each region in the state, one to an individual and one to an organization. Regions include:

Northwest Region – (Island, King, Kitsap, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom counties)
Southwest Region – (Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, Wahkiakum counties)
Central Region – (Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, Yakima counties)
Eastern Region – (Adams, Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman counties)

If you know of an arts or culture organization or individual artist or arts professional that should be recognized for a Luminary Award, send a one-page nomination letter by August 2, 2021. Past GAHA recipients and self-nominations are eligible.

Opportunity Website

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