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The NASAA awards program recognizes exemplary leadership and showcases the best practices of state arts agencies (SAAs) and regional arts organizations (RAOs). All NASAA members are strongly encouraged to submit nominations. Award winners will be recognized at Assembly 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 13-15, 2014.

Nominations must be received by August 1, 2014. Nomination forms are available below.

Distinguished Public Service Award

This award honors an individual whose outstanding service, energy, creative thinking and leadership have had a significant impact on public support for the arts in his/her state or region.

Eligibility and Submission

  • All current or past SAA and RAO chairs and council members are eligible.

  • Nominations may be made by any NASAA-member SAA staff or council member, or any RAO staff or council member.

  • Download the nomination form.

Gary Young Award

This award recognizes an executive director who has made a significant contribution to public support for the arts in his/her state or region. Ideal candidates exhibit exemplary leadership, innovative thinking, and a long-standing, sustained commitment to public support for the arts and dedication to diverse artistic expression.

Eligibility and Submission

  • All current and past SAA and RAO executive directors are eligible.

  • Nominations may be made by any NASAA-member SAA staff or council member, or any RAO staff or council member.

  • Download the nomination form.

If you have questions, please contact Dora Shick at dora.shick@nasaa-arts.org or 202-347-6352 x108.

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