Showcasing the Arts


Governor’s Awards in the Arts

What is it?

The Commonwealth’s highest artistic honor, the Governor’s Awards in the Arts recognize individuals and organizations who have made extraordinary and significant contributions to the arts in Kentucky. The Kentucky Arts Council coordinates the nomination process for these awards.

Who's eligible?

Eligibility is specific to each of the nine award categories: Milner, Artist, Business, Community Arts, Education, Folk Heritage, Government, Media and National. Depending on the category, eligible nominees must be residents of Kentucky, organizations located in Kentucky or have close ties to Kentucky. Past recipients and posthumous nominees are not eligible.

What’s the deadline for nominations?

June 15, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time

How do I make a nomination?

  1. Carefully review the program guidelines.

  2. Complete the online nomination form. (More than one nomination may be submitted.)

If my nominee is selected, what are his or her responsibilities?

If I have questions, who can help me?

Tom Musgrave
Communications Director
888-833-2787 (toll free)