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Tom Musgrave


Nominations open for Governor’s Awards in the Arts

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 6, 2021) — The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting nominations through June 15 for the 2021 Governor’s Awards in the Arts.

The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary and significant contributions to the arts in Kentucky. The nomination process is coordinated by the arts council.

“Governor’s Awards in the Arts nominations play a large role in shining light on the best the arts have to offer across the entire state,” said Chris Cathers, arts council executive director. “I would encourage anyone who knows about significant contributors to the arts to make a nomination in one of the categories.”

Eligibility is specific to each of the nine award categories:

  • Milner Award - Outstanding philanthropic, artistic or other contributions to the arts
  • Artist Award - Lifetime achievement in the arts
  • Business Award - Outstanding interest in and support of the arts
  • Community Arts Award - Positive impact in the community through the arts
  • Education Award - Significant contribution to arts in education
  • Folk Heritage Award - Outstanding effort to perpetuate and promote Kentucky's unique artistic traditions
  • Government Award - Significant support for the arts through government action
  • Media Award - Commitment to bringing the arts to the attention of the public
  • National Award - Achievement of national prominence in the arts

Depending on the category, eligible nominees must be residents of Kentucky, organizations located in Kentucky or have close ties to Kentucky. Previous recipients and posthumous nominees are not eligible.

For guidelines, instructions, lists of previous recipients and the nomination form, visit the Kentucky Arts Council website. For more information about the nomination process, contact Tom Musgrave at or 502-892-3122.

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The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.