CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 6 p.m., the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts will sponsor 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 will be presented. The program includes performances by Barbara Nissman, The Mountain Stage Band, Kari Stafford Blankenship, Caden Glover, Liam Farley and The Capital High School VIP Show Choir.

WHO:Curator Randall Reid-Smith of the Department of Arts, Culture and History, Director of Arts Lance Schrader and others will present awards to nine individuals and organizations, along with 10 legislative leadership awards.

WHAT:Governor’s Arts Awards

WHERE:The Culture Center, Capitol Complex, Charleston

WHEN:Wednesday, March 4, 6 p.m.

WHY: To recognize and honor exceptional artists and arts organizations that have made significant contributions to the state’s culture.


Lifetime Achievement
Artist of the Year
Arts Organization of the Year
Arts in Education – Individual and Organization
Leadership in the Arts – Individual and Organization
Susan S. Landis Distinguished Service to the Arts – Individual and Organization

Legislative Leadership Awards:

Arts in Education
Community Arts
Cultural Facilities
Folk Arts
Lifetime Achievement