The Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, and the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation have announced a re-envisioned format for the Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. Traditionally, the ceremony has been held as an awards banquet, scheduled in conjunction with the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in October. But this year, the awards ceremony will be held in Juneau on January 30, 2014, to coincide with the state legislative session.
In addition, the new plan will replace the sit-down banquet with a reception for sponsors, elected officials, honorees and the community, followed by the awards ceremony, which will mix artist performances with award presentations in a theater setting open to a larger portion of the public.
The Alaska Humanities Forum, Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Arts and Culture Foundation have jointly sponsored the event for decades. Coordinating with the Governor’s Office, the awards are meant to honor significant achievements by Alaskan artists, writers, historians, scholars, humanities and arts institutions and others.
The change in date and venue will mean a change in the deadline for nominations. The nomination process will open in mid-September with an Oct. 31 deadline. Application forms will be available on the sponsors’ websites: www.akhf.org, www.eed.state.ak.us/aksca, or www.akarts.org.