CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On Wednesday, March 4, the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts sponsored the Governor’s Arts Awards at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. During the awards ceremony, nine Governor’s Arts Awards and 10 Legislative Leadership Awards in the Arts were presented. The 6 p.m. program included performances by Barbara Nissman on piano, The Mountain Stage Band, Kari Stafford Blankenship on vocals, Caden Glover on banjo, Liam Farley on fiddle and The Capital High School VIP Show Choir. Award recipients are listed below.
The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented biennially to celebrate the state’s creative spirit and the amazing talents of the people and groups that produce art. They also recognize those whose willingness to support arts and artists help to ensure that the arts maintain an important place in our communities and schools. Matt Thomas, West Virginia artist, was commissioned by the WVDACH to make the awards, blending the timeless grain of wood with the permanence of hand-forged steel.
The Governor’s Arts Awards include Arts in Education Award, which recognizes efforts to strengthen arts education in public schools; Susan S. Landis Distinguished Service Award to the Arts, which recognizes individuals and organizations of exceptional talent and creativity that have fostered growth and influenced trends and aesthetic practices on a state and national level; Leadership in the Arts Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and access to the arts throughout the state; Artist of the Year and Arts Organization of the Year Award, which recognizes an individual artist and an organization who has impacted the exposure to the arts in West Virginia through his or her work; and the Governor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement, which recognizes an individual or organization for significant achievement in the arts.
The Legislative Leadership in the Arts Awards include Arts in Education Awards, Community Arts Awards, Cultural Facilities Awards, Folk Arts and Lifetime Achievement, which are presented to those members of the Legislature who have made significant contributions in the arts.
A panel of members from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and staff of the Department of Arts, Culture and History selected winners who were nominated based on the magnitude of their contributions and achievements, the range of individuals or groups served, the length of time and intensity of their dedication to the arts and their level of excellence.
GOVERNOR’S ARTS AWARDS RECIPIENTS:
Artist of the Year
Arts Organization of the Year
Arts in Education
Leadership in the Arts
Susan S. Landis Distinguished Service to the Arts
LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP AWARDS:
Arts in Education
MEDIA NOTE: Photos from the event can be found at https://zenfolio.page.link/T2n8U
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