Nominations Now Accepted for 2019 Governor's Arts Awards

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The Tennessee Arts Commission is accepting nominations now through May 31, 2019, for the 2019 Governor's Arts Awards to be presented by Governor and First Lady Lee.

Established in 1971, these accolades are Tennessee's highest honor in the arts, recognizing individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to cultural life.

There are three award categories:

FOLKLIFE HERITAGE AWARD
Presented to folk artists or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to Tennessee's traditional arts. The award honors significant achievements within art forms that are rooted in the traditional or ethnic cultures of Tennessee.

ARTS LEADERSHIP AWARD
Presented to individuals or organizations who have demonstrated significant contributions, which have impacted or advanced the value of the arts in Tennessee. Examples of recipients include arts organizations, businesses, educators, patrons, arts administrators, corporations and volunteers.

DISTINGUISHED ARTIST AWARD
Presented to Tennessee artists of exceptional talent and creativity in any discipline whose work has a significant and lasting impact on a state or national level.

All nominations must include a narrative detailing the nominee's contribution to the arts in a specific award category. Each nomination must also include at least three but no more than five current letters of support. Instructions on the complete nomination process and the nomination form are available online at tnartscommission.org/governors-arts-awards.

About the Tennessee Arts Commission
The Tennessee Arts Commission is the state's arts agency whose mission is to cultivate the arts for the benefit of Tennesseans and their communities. Each year, the Commission invests in arts and cultural activities for more than 700 nonprofits, schools and local governments across all 95 counties -- benefitting Tennessee communities through quality of life, economic vitality, tourism and a more balanced education for our children.
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