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January 20, 2011

Tennessee Arts Commission Seeks Nominations For 2011 Governor's Arts Awards

NASHVILLE - - The Tennessee Arts Commission has announced a Call For Nominations for the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards. The Governor’s Arts Awards were established in 1971 to recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the cultural life of Tennessee.  These 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 and national level.  The 2011 wards will be presented in Nashville at the Tennessee Residence on April 12, 2011 during a ceremony produced by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

“The awards provide an opportunity to recognize the state’s rich cultural landscape and reward creative excellence,” says Rich Boyd, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission. “The honored recipients must have made extraordinary contributions, and often their influence extends well beyond the state, across the country, and even internationally.”

 There are three award categories:

The Folklife Heritage Award is presented to folk artists or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to artistic tradition. The award honors long term achievements within art forms that are rooted in the traditional or ethnic culture of Tennessee.

The Arts Leadership Award is presented to arts organizations, businesses, educators, patrons, arts administrators, corporations and volunteers that have demonstrated significant support or participation in activities on a statewide basis that advances the value of the arts in Tennessee communities.

The Distinguished Artist Award is presented to Tennessee artists of exceptional talent and creativity in any discipline that over the course of a career have contributed to the arts and influenced directions, trends and aesthetic practices on a state and national level.

The nomination form is available on the Tennessee Arts Commission website (www.arts.state.tn.us). The form should be completed online, printed and returned to the Tennessee Arts Commission with up to five letters of support for each nominee. Nominations must be submitted by organizations or individuals from within Tennessee and only one nomination per nominee.  Nomination forms and letters of support must be received by the Tennessee Arts Commission no later that 4:30 p.m. CST, on February 18, 2011.

For more information on the nomination process contact Rod Reiner, deputy director of the Commission, at 615-741-2093 or e-mail: rod.reiner@tn.gov.

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