Governor Russell W. Peterson began the tradition of honoring Delaware artists in 1970. Since then, Delaware has paid tribute to 40 distinguished individuals and organizations that have had a profound and lasting impact on the state’s artistic and cultural life.
Delaware’s Governor’s Awards for the Arts recognize the contributions of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions and a lasting and profound impact on the artistic and cultural life of Delaware.
As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, the Delaware Division of the Arts is pleased to be facilitating the 2019 Governor’s Awards for the Arts, on behalf of Governor John C. Carney. Nominations are now being accepted for this prestigious honor.
Arts Administration – Individual who has shown sustained, impactful, and visionary executive leadership of an arts organization.
Arts Education – Individual or organization that has made significant contributions through leadership and creativity to advance arts education in Delaware’s schools and communities, or in community organizations.
Arts Patron – Individual, foundation or entity that, over time, has sustained and enhanced the arts in their community or the state of Delaware through contributions of their time, effort, or financial resources.
Community Engagement – Individual or organization that works to create or strengthen interactive arts participation among diverse community members while increasing the public awareness about the role of the arts in community life.
Government – An elected or appointed official whose work has resulted in significant support for the arts through local or state government action.
Nominees should be individuals with legal residence in Delaware or an organization or business based in Delaware. Division staff, Arts Council members, members of their families and previous recipients are not eligible for nomination. Posthumous nominations will not be accepted. It is possible that awards may not be given in all categories.
A late afternoon reception and awards ceremony will be held on October 28, 2019, in conjunction with the Delaware Arts Summit. Awardees will be selected by the Governor’s Award Selection Panel, comprised of arts professionals from across the state.
Nominees will be judged on information included in a narrative, two letters of support, and optional support materials.
The deadline for the submission of the nomination packets was June 28, 2019.
Mid-May: Nomination Guidelines and Form available
June 28, 2019: Nominations due
July 2019: Selection Panel selects awardees
September 3, 2019: Awardees announced on website
October 28, 2019: Arts Summit & Governor’s Awards for the Arts