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Arizona Artists Create Awards to Honor Outstanding Contributions to Arts and Culture


In a true celebration of the arts, nine Arizona artists created the awards that will be presented to honorees at the 38th annual Governor’s Arts Awards. The Arts Awards recognize artists, arts organization, businesses, educators and individuals for their substantial and outstanding contributions to arts and culture statewide. This year, 21 Governor’s Arts Awards finalists in seven categories have been selected from communities around the state, and the honorees will be announced tonight, Thursday, March 7, at the Renaissance Downtown Phoenix, 100 North 1st Street. The award artists work in a variety of mediums, throughout the Valley and around the state:

The 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards finalists in each category are:

In addition to these seven honoree categories, Philanthropy honorees include Susan and Bill Ahearn of Phoenix and Louise and James Glasser of Tucson. The 2019 Shelley Award will be presented to Joanie Flatt, arts advocate, philanthropist and longtime communications expert in the Valley.

The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts in partnership with the Office of the Governor.  Since 1981, more than 200 distinguished artists, individuals, cultural organizations, educators, businesses and philanthropists have received Governor’s Arts Awards.

The event begins at 5pm with a pre-awards cocktail reception, followed by dinner and awards from 6:30-8pm.  For information, visit