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Governor's Arts Awards

Governor's Arts Awards

The Governor's Arts Awards is an annual event recognizing individuals and organizations whose efforts have impacted the arts in their communities or throughout the state. First awarded in 1975, the awards are presented by the Governor during a special ceremony at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

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Submit a Nomination

The Oklahoma Arts Council is currently accepting nominations for the Governor's Arts Awards. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, September 12, 2017. All materials must be received by the deadline.

There are two options for submitting a nomination.


Support Materials

Up to three pages of optional support materials will be accepted. Support materials are not required. Materials may include news clippings, support letters, and other items. Audio and video materials will not be accepted.

Support materials must be submitted via email or mail to:

Governor's Arts Awards Selection Committee
c/o Oklahoma Arts Council
PO Box 52001-2001
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2001


Nominees must be current, full-time Oklahoma residents or organizations that work in and for the benefit of Oklahoma. Previous recipients of The Governor's Award are not eligible. View a list of past award recipients.

Nominations for arts organizations, employees of arts organizations, or educators should reflect activity beyond normal expectations or responsibilities.


The following is used as criteria by the Selection Committee. Submissions do not have to address all criteria:



The Selection Committee reserves the right to honor a recipient in a category of its choice. 


Deadline for Submissions

The deadline to submit nominations and support materials is Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

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The Governor's Arts Awards

The nominating period for the Governor's Arts Awards generally takes place during the summer. The Governor's Arts Awards ceremony has historically taken place in the fall at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Beginning in 2018, the ceremony will take place in the spring.

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Past Award Recipients

Click here to view past Governor's Arts Awards recipients.


The following are made available during the Governor's Arts Awards ceremony:

If you plan to attend the Governor's Arts Awards ceremony and have needs related to accessibility not listed above, please contact us at (405) 521-2931 or It is the goal of the Oklahoma Arts Council staff to meet the needs of all our constituents who wish to attend the Governor's Arts Awards.

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