Most states have a governor's arts awards program to celebrate the arts and honor the artists, arts leaders and other cultural luminaries in their state. Here are some tasty samples of governor's arts awards from around the country. For a full course, see NASAA's Governor's Arts Awards Strategy Sampler.

Involving Youth

The New Jersey Governor's Awards in Arts Education recognize 20 educators and 80 students each year.

Public Broadcasting Partnership

Video recordings of the Ohio Governor's Awards for the Arts ceremonies are available on The Ohio Channel.

Promoting Awardees

The Nebraska Arts Council celebrates each Governor's Art Awards recipient by producing retrospective videos.


Sponsorships help the Wyoming Arts Council run its Governor's Arts Awards program.

Ceremony Performances

Performances by outstanding state artists are a highlight of the Delaware Governor's Awards for the Arts ceremonies.

Matthew Smith performed at the 2014 ceremony.

Original Artworks

The Arkansas Governor's Arts Award is an original piece of art by a state based artist.

Artist: Ron Ufkes; photo by Larry Pennington

Social Media

The Indiana Arts Commission leverages its social media channels to share images from its Governor's Arts Awards celebration.

Ceremony Location

The awards ceremony of the Oklahoma Governor's Arts Awards fills the state capitol rotunda.

Program Partnerships

The Alaska Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities is a partnership between the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, and the Office of the Governor.

Photo by Klas Stolpe


Nominations for the North Dakota Governor's Awards for the Arts require a statement of support. Additional materials—such as a resume, biography, artwork samples, critical reviews, press clippings and recommendation letters—are suggested.


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