CHEYENNE — Each year the Governor’s Arts Awards recognize artists, arts organizations and patrons who display excellence in the arts and outstanding service to the arts in Wyoming. Now in its 35th year, the Wyoming Arts Council’s 2016 Governor’s Arts Awards is now open for nominations.
Any Wyoming citizen, organization, business or community may be a Governor’s Art Awards (GAA) nominee. Accomplishments that are noted should reflect substantial contributions made in Wyoming that exemplify a long-term commitment to the arts. Special consideration will be given to nominees whose arts service is statewide.
Established in 1982, these awards were first made possible by an endowment from the Union Pacific Foundation in honor of Mrs. John U. Loomis, a lifelong patron of the arts. Over the years, individuals and organizations from more than 20 Wyoming communities and statewide organizations have been honored for their dedication to the arts in Wyoming.
The Wyoming Arts Council has a public nomination process with nominations due in early October. The Award Ceremony takes place in Cheyenne in February, and is a gala event with a number of elected officials attending. The Governor gives a State of the Arts speech, awardees are honored, and there is some kind of entertainment, usually by an awardee. This year’s ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 3.
Previous GAA recipients are not eligible for nomination, but nomination of previously unselected nominees is encouraged. Nominations must be emailed or postmarked no later than October 3, and emailed to email@example.com or sent to: Governor’s Arts Awards Wyoming Arts Council 2301 Central Avenue, 2nd Floor Cheyenne, WY 82002
Nomination forms are available for download at the WAC web site, www.wyomingartscouncil.org.