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Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards – Luminary Awards

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  • Eligibility: Two awards will be given for each region in the state, one to an individual and one to an organization. Past GAHA recipients and self-nominations are eligible.

Nominations are now open for the Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards (GAHA) Luminary Awards. This year instead of our typical Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards, we will present special Luminary Awards to those who stepped up to shine a light for their communities during the darkness of the pandemic. Whether through inspirational works of art, innovative public programs and beyond, these nominees will be artists, educators, tradition bearers, or cultural organizations who lit a way forward for their community.

Nominations must be submitted online by August 2, 2021 for consideration. A letter of recommendation is required.

Tell us your nominee’s story of leadership, perseverance, and contribution to the arts and culture landscape of Washington during the pandemic. If relevant, also include information on how your nominee’s work has impacted specific underserved communities.

Two awards will be given for each region in the state, one to an individual and one to an organization. Regions include:

Northwest Region – (Island, King, Kitsap, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom counties)
Southwest Region – (Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, Wahkiakum counties)
Central Region – (Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, Yakima counties)
Eastern Region – (Adams, Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman counties)

More Information: www.arts.wa.gov