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Nominations sought for 2005 Governor’s Arts Awards

The West Virginia Commission on the Arts of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) is soliciting nominations for the 2005 Governor’s Arts Awards. All West Virginians are encouraged to nominate individual artists, organizations and communities for seven categories of awards to be presented at a ceremony on Monday, April 4, 2005, at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston.
“The arts in West Virginia provide both human and economic development for communities and individuals all over the state,” said Troy Body, WVDCH commissioner. “Artists and arts organizations have earned public and official respect. By honoring their invaluable contributions with these awards, we are celebrating the arts as a magnet for talent and business in West Virginia.”
Jeanne Mozier, chairman of the Governor’s Arts Awards committee, outlined the process that will determine who will be honored. “All those who will be recognized at the Governor’s Arts Awards will come from nominations made by the public. The nominations will be reviewed and rated by an objective process conducted by more than a dozen people both in and out of the state,” said Mozier. “We need all parts of the arts community to help by making nominations. Your choice cannot be selected if you don’t make the nomination,” she added.
The award categories are:
• Distinguished Arts Award for lifetime achievement in the arts
• Arts Patron Award for individual or organizational contributions of time, effort or financial resources to the arts
• Arts in Education or Service to Youth Award for individual or organizational achievements
• Creative Community Spirit Award for a city, town or community non-arts organization using the arts for community development or betterment
• Arts Leadership and Service Award for visionary individual or arts organization leadership and service in the arts
• Artistic Excellence Award for significant contributions to the arts in West Virginia by either an established or emerging artist
• Arts Innovator Award for an individual, group, organization or educator who has successfully executed innovative methods of involving the public in arts experiences
For more information or to request a nomination form, see the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org or contact Debbie Rainey Haught at (304) 558-0240 or debbie.r.haught@wv.gov. The deadline for nominations is January 14, 2005.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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