2011 Governor’s Arts Awards

My children grew up experiencing the work of many of the artists nominated for this year’s Governor’s Arts Awards — Debra K. Stevens of Childsplay (Arts in Education/Individual), Arizona School for the Arts (Arts in Education/Organization), Bobb Cooper of Valley Youth Theatre (Individual) and more.

Award created by Christina Cardenas, Tucson, bisque painted ceramic

A total of 76 nominations, representing 22 Arizona cities and towns, were received for the 2011 awards — which are presented in six categories: Artist, Arts in Education (Individual), Arts in Education (Organization), Business, Community and Individual.

Winners are selected by an independent panel, and will be announced Tuesday evening during a special Oscar-style ceremony.

Each will receive an original work of art created by an Arizona artist (three are pictured here).

Award created by Jeff Reich, Mesa, stoneware vessel

The 30th annual Governor’s Arts Awards — presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor — takes place at the Herberger Theater Center April 12.

Festivities begin at 5:30pm with a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments in the Herberger Theater Center lobby. The ceremony takes place at 7pm and will be followed by a dessert reception at 8pm.

Additional honorees include former State Senator Carolyn Allen and Bill Sheppard, attorney with Gammage and Burnham — who’ll receive the “The Shelley Award” for their impact on public policy benefiting the arts in Arizona. 

Award created by Kevin Matthew Stevens, Laveen, caliche

The award is named for Shelley Cohn, who served as executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts for more than 25 years.

Those interested in attending can visit www.governorsartsawards.org for event and ticket details.

If you miss the ceremony, you can visit www.azarts.gov or www.azcitizensforthearts.org after Tuesday for the names of 2011 award recipients (which will also be added as an update to this post).

Before you know it, planning for the 2012 Governor’s Arts Awards will be underway — so start thinking now about artists and arts supporters you might like to nominate, including youth who are making a difference in our communities through the arts.

— Lynn

Note: Eight, Arizona PBS will broadcast the 2011 Arizona Poetry Out Loud competition (held March 16) Tues, April 12 at 7:30pm and 11:30pm as well as Sun, April 24 at 5pm.

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Update: Congratulations to all the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards honorees — Martin Moreno (Artist), Tonto Community Concert Association (Arts Education-Organization), Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona (Community), Carol Duval Whiteman (Individual), Ann Ludwig (Arts Education-Individual) and Cox Communications of Southern Arizona (Business).

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