Governor's Arts Awards
Since 1979, the Nebraska Arts Council, in partnership with the Governor of Nebraska, has recognized Nebraska arts organizations, arts professionals, people and businesses that support the arts in Nebraska. The gala is held biennially and hosted with Nebraskans for The Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
The Governor's Arts Awards are determined by a nomination and selection process. The award categories include:
An individual artist, arts administrator or patron who has made a significant impact on the arts in Nebraska in a short period of time.
Excellence in Arts Education
An individual who has made a long term outstanding contribution to arts education in Nebraska.
An individual who, or organization that, exemplifies authenticity and excellence within a cultural tradition.
The Leonard Thiessen Award is named for the founder of the Nebraska Arts Council and is awarded to an individual who, or organization that, typifies the highest degree of commitment to the arts in Nebraska. This is a special recognition presented by the Nebraska Arts Council.
An arts organization that demonstrates achievements at a consistently high level of excellence in programming and outreach.
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
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.