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Governor's Arts Awards

Awards to Tennessee Individuals and Organizations
for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts

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Tennessee Arts Commission

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05/31/19 4:30 PM CST


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Awards to Tennessee individuals and organizations for outstanding contributions to arts and cultural life in the State. Awards are given in the following three categories: folklife heritage, arts leadership, and distinguished artist. The awards are Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts, celebrating the outstanding contributions of artists, arts organizations, volunteers, schools, educators, local governments, legislators, and corporate citizens on the state or national level.

More details on the awards categories are as follows:
- Folklife Heritage: Presented to folk artists or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to Tennessee’s traditional arts. The award honors significant achievements within art forms that are rooted in the traditional or ethnic cultures of Tennessee.
- Arts Leadership: Presented to individuals or organizations who have demonstrated significant contributions, which have impacted or advanced the value of the arts in Tennessee. Examples of recipients include arts organizations, businesses, educators, patrons, arts administrators, corporations, and volunteers.
- Distinguished Artist: Presented to Tennessee artists of exceptional talent and creativity in any discipline whose work has significant and lasting impact on a state or national level.

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GrantWatch ID#: 172647

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominations may be submitted by organizations or individuals. Organizations or individual(s) may only submit one nomination per award category.

Nominees for a Governor’s Arts Award must be a Tennessee organization or an individual living in or with close ties to Tennessee. No awards will be presented posthumously. Previous recipients are not eligible for the 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominations for the 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards are now being accepted through May 31, 2019. Recipients will be notified by the Tennessee Arts Commission in the fall of 2019.

Complete the online nomination form or download the form, print, and mail.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Mail the hard copies of the documents with the printed form to:
Governor’s Arts Awards Committee
Tennessee Arts Commission
401 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37243-0780

For more information about the nomination or selection process, please contact Hal Partlow, 615-741-2093,

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