State arts council seeks nominations for Writer Laureate, Governor's Awards recipients

Nominations are open for the 2012 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in the categories of Arts Education, Individual Artist, Arts Organization and Native Arts. Nominations are also open for the 2012-2014 Alaska State Writer Laureate. The deadline for nominations for both is Aug. 31.

Governor’s Awards are open to any individual, organization or institution that has made a significant contribution to the arts in Alaska, with the exception of current ASCA Council members, staff or prior award recipients. Award recipients will be selected from among nominees by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Office of the Governor, based on nominees submitted by the public.

The position of State Writer Laureate is open to Alaskan writers from all genres who, throughout their careers, have demonstrated literary excellence and mastery in style, form, and genre; exemplary professionalism and exceptional talent in published works; service to Alaskan communities and a commitment to the advancement of the Literary Arts in Alaskan communities; a history of providing public presentations or teaching; and a significant body of published work in Alaska.

The State Writer Laureate will be announced at the Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities to be held at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage on Oct. 18.

Nomination forms are available on the Council’s website at www.eed.state.ak.us/aksca. Go to the homepage and look for the nomination form under “What’s New.”

For more information, contact the Alaska State Council on the Arts at (888) 278-7424 or (907) 269-6610.

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