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 those which the awards honor, can be felt in the classroom, the economy, and our community. Read up on the rich history of our state’s talented creators by learning more about Governor’s Arts Awards recipients from 1978 onward.

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Award Categories

Access to the Arts
An individual, school district or community organization that has made an outstanding contribution to accessibility in Nebraska.

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