2018 Governor’s Arts Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Governor's Arts Awards!

The biennial Governor's Arts Awards is Nebraska's premier event in recognizing individuals and organizations that shape our state's artistic landscape. The impact of the arts, and these honorees, is felt in the classroom, the economy and the community.  

Nominations Due Monday, November 27 at 5:00 p.m.

BEFORE YOU SUBMIT: Make sure you have viewed the list of past winners, and the nominee criteria document -- this will make your time and effort worthwhile in making a nomination for the 2018 GAA.

1. Review this form and accompanying directions entirely prior to beginning your submission.
2. Review the GAA Award Categories. You may nominate only one nominee per category per form. Complete a new form for each additional nominee or alternate category.
3. Previous GAA winners may be nominated if they won their awards prior to 2004.

Download a list of past winners here.

Award Categories:

Emerging Leader

Awarded to an individual artist, arts administrator, patron or volunteer under the age of 35, or someone who has made a significant impact on the arts in Nebraska in a short period of time

Excellence in Arts Education

An individual, school district or community organization that has made a long-term, outstanding contribution to arts education in the Nebraska.

Heritage Arts

Awarded to an individual, group or organization that exemplifies authenticity and excellence within a cultural tradition

Organizational Achievement

Awarded to an arts organization that has demonstrated a consistently high level of excellence in programming and outreach

Outstanding Artist

Awarded to an individual artist practicing in any discipline whose work or career has made a significant contribution to their art form and to the state of Nebraska

Thomas C. Woods III Partner in the Arts

Awarded to an individual, business, school district or community organization that has shown outstanding commitment by its continued support of the arts through time, energy, expertise and/or financial support

Leonard Thiessen Award

Awarded by the board of the Nebraska Arts Council for extraordinary contributions to the arts for the state of Nebraska

Please review the award nominee criteria before submitting your nominations. 

View Award Nominee Criteria Here

Click Here to Access Nominations Form