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2016 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio
Nomination Instructions

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
-Nominations and letters of support OPEN

Friday, October 16, 2015
-Nominations and letters of support CLOSE at midnight

Nominations for the 2016 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio are now closed.
No further nominations will be accepted.

It is not too early to start working on strong nominations for 2017!

Awards are given in the following categories:

Individual who has shown sustained, impactful, and visionary leadership of an arts organization.

Individual or organization that has made significant contributions through leadership and creativity to advance arts education in Ohio's schools and community organizations.

Individual, or individual or family foundation, that, over time, has sustained and enhanced the arts in their community or the state of Ohio through contributions of their time, effort, or financial resources.

Private or nonprofit business, government, or media that has, over time, provided extraordinary support to the arts locally, statewide, regionally, or nationally through a contribution of personnel, financial, or other resources. Nominations will be considered in both a small and large business category.¹

Individual or organization that works to create or strengthen interactive arts participation among diverse community members while increasing public awareness about the role of the arts in community life.

Ohio artist whose work has made a significant impact on his or her discipline locally, statewide, regionally, or nationally.

Since 1994, the Irma Lazarus award honors the memory of Irma Lazarus, who made countless contributions as an arts patron, advocate, and leader in the development of state funding for the arts in Ohio. Irma helped to found the Ohio Arts Council and later served as its board chair. The award goes to individuals or organizations who have helped shape public support for the arts through their work as advocates and have brought national and international recognition to Ohio through sustained dedication to artistic excellence. The Irma Lazarus Award may not be awarded each year.

¹"Small" is defined as businesses with fewer than 100 full-time employees, and non-county governments with populations less than 20,000 or county governments with populations less than 235,000 as determined in the last dicennial census. Relative to the nominations recieved, the Awards Committee reserves the authority to alter these thresholds.

NOTE: While each nominee may only be nominated one time, you are not limited to the number of unique nominations you may submit. For more information about the Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio, visit the event Fact Sheet or our list of Frequently Asked Questions.


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