Governor's Arts Awards 2020 - Your Guide

We are changing a couple things about the awards and keeping some things the same:

· These are legacy awards, with the goal of recognizing people & organizations who have been contributing to the arts & culture sector for a long time and/or in large ways. We encourage cities and regions to recognize emerging and innovative artists and organizations within their own communities

  • Nominations will be categorized and awarded within the five corners of Arizona (NW, SW, NE, SE, and central) – you must know your legislative district to find out which corner to nominate within. Click here to find your LD.
  • There are two artistic categories (both judged by peers from their corner)
    1. Artist
    2. Arts organization/administrator
  • There are two supporter categories
    1. Businesses (one category) will be recognized for their support and creative partnerships
    2. Philanthropy
  • Of course, the Shelley Award remains the same

The Selection Process

Each year, three volunteer selection panels comprised of community, business and arts leaders from across the state review the nominations for the Governor's Arts Awards based on the following criteria:

The significance of the contributions and achievements of the nominee
The range of individuals or groups served by the contributions of the nominee
The length and degree to which the nominee is dedicated to the arts

The Selection Panels:

Finalist Panel | Determines three finalists in the categories - this panel will be from their respective Corner
Honoree Panel | Determines the winner in each category
Philanthropy Panel | Determines the Philanthropy Honoree


Nominations for the 2020 Governor's Arts Awards will close

December 14, 2019

Select a category below to submit your nomination


Arts Organization / Administrator

The 2020 Event

Governor's Arts Awards Gala

March 26, 2020
Mesa Arts Center
1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201
6:00 - 7:00 Reception
7:30 - 9:00 Awards 
9:00 - 10:00 After Party!