The 2017 Governor's Arts Awards

Presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts in partnership with the Office of the Governor

The 36th annual Governor's Arts Awards will be held

May 4, 2017

at The Phoenician Resort, Scottsdale.


 View the 2017 nominees


The 2017 Event

A “by invitation” reception for nominees, nominators, major event sponsors and other major supporters of Arizona Citizens for the Arts will be held in Phoenix on February 20, 2017, to honor all nominees, announce three finalists in eight categories and announce the Philanthropy Honoree.


Governor's Arts Awards Gala

May 4, 2017

The Phoenician Resort

6000 E Camelback Rd | Phoenix, AZ

5:00-6:30 – Pre-Awards Cocktail Reception

6:30-8:30 p.m. – Dinner and Awards Presentation

8:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Silent Auction Checkout

Host a table

Governor’s Circle Sponsor | $5,000

A premium reserved table of 10 at the dinner, a half-page, full-color ad in the Arizona Capitol Times commemorative program, the opportunity to host a state legislator and his/her guest, special listing on the event website and the event program; year-round recognition as a Partner on the AzCA website. (We respectfully note that hosting arrangements for members of the Legislature will be coordinated by Arizona Citizens for the Arts.) 

Arts & Culture Leaders | $2,500

A reserved table for 10 at the dinner, the opportunity to host a state legislator and his/her guest, a special listing in the event program; and a special listing in the event program.

Arts & Culture Leaders (AzCA Members Only)  |  $2,000

For non-profits arts and culture organizations who are current with their dues to Arizona Citizens for the Arts, a reserved table for 10, the opportunity to host a state legislator and his/her guest, and a special listing in the event program

                                                                                                                 Contact Kristyn to learn about becoming a member with us


Major Sponsorships                                                                                     Contact to learn more

AzCA also is offering major sponsors and media recognition partnership with ON Media Publications which will produce the commemorative program. AzCA also is providing year-round recognition of major sponsors through its website.




Governor's Arts Awards History

Since 1981, over 175 distinguished Arizona artists, arts organizations, businesses, educators and individuals have been recognized for their passion, creativity and devotion to the excellence and diversity of Arizona’s arts and cultural community.

Beginning in 2006, The Shelley Award also has been presented annually to an Arizona individual who has advanced Arizona arts and culture through strategic and innovative work to create or support public policy beneficial to the arts in Arizona. The award is named for Shelley Cohn, who spent more than 25 years as executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

The Governor’s Arts Awards event is much more than a tradition. The awards reflect more than three decades of the best in Arizona’s arts and culture community and the magnificent contributions they’ve made to our state’s arts and cultural heritage.


2016 Governors Arts Awards

See sponsors, nominees, honorees and artwork from the 2016 event



35 Years of Honorees

See ALL of those who have been honored in the rich

35-year history of the Governor's Arts Awards.