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Gov. Brown reinstates Governor's Arts Awards

After 10-year hiatus

SALEM, Ore. - Governor Kate Brown, in partnership with the Oregon Arts Commission, has reinstated the Governor's Arts Awards. After a 10-year hiatus, the event's revival honors the Arts Commission's 50 years of service to Oregon's arts community.

“Art is a fundamental ingredient of any thriving and vibrant community,” Governor Brown said. “Art sparks connections between people, movements, and new ideas. To put it simply, art makes life better. I am thrilled to celebrate Oregon's best artists and art supporters through the Governor's Arts Awards."

The Governor's Arts Awards recognizes individuals, organizations, and arts supporters who have made significant contributions to the arts in Oregon.

The Governor's Arts Awards are open to any individual, organization, or community that currently resides in or has a significant presence in Oregon and has made outstanding contributions to the arts in the state. Nominations will be accepted at the Oregon Arts Commission website until 5 p.m. June 30. Past recipients of the Governor's Arts Awards are not eligible.

Nominations will be reviewed by a committee consisting of a representative from the Governor's Office, an Arts Commissioner, and three to five arts leaders from across the state. They will recommend three to five awards based on the nominee's regional, national, or international recognition for their contributions; role in improving the quality of arts experiences and appreciation for the arts in Oregon; contributions to advancing the arts' positive impact on Oregonians' quality of life; and length of service to the arts in Oregon.

Governor Brown will have final approval of award recipients.

Award recipients will be honored in a ceremony at 8 a.m. Oct. 6 at the Portland Hilton Downtown. Recipients will be notified by July 28 and must be available to attend the Oct. 6 award ceremony.  


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