Slideshow | Governor's Awards for the Arts 2017

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A poem written by Frank Soos was attached to the reverse of sculptures created by Margo Klass for the recipients of the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

by: James Brooks | Juneau Empire

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Members of the Alaska Youth Choir prepare before singing the Alaska Flag Song on Thursday night, Jan. 26, 2017 at the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

by: James Brooks | Juneau Empire

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Alaska State Writer Laureate Ernestine Hayes is seen during a VIP reception on Thursday night, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Andrew P. Kashevaroff Alaska State Library, Museum and Archives before the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

by: James Brooks | Juneau Empire

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Bob Banghart of Juneau accepts a Distinguished Service to the Humanities award from Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday night, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center during the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

by: James Brooks | Juneau Empire

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Writer Heather Lende of Haines delivers a short address after accepting a Distinguished Service to the Humanities award on Thursday night, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center during the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

by: James Brooks | Juneau Empire

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Charlotte Fox accepts the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award from Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday night, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center during the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

by: James Brooks | Juneau Empire

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Writer Heather Lende of Haines accepts a Distinguished Service to the Humanities award from Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday night, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center during the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

by: James Brooks | Juneau Empire

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Gov. Bill Walker applauds an aerial silks performance by Crystal Worl on Thursday night, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

by: James Brooks | Juneau Empire

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Gov. Bill Walker (center, seated) watches an aerial silks performance by Crystal Worl on Thursday night, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center during the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

by: James Brooks | Juneau Empire

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Lance Petersen of Homer accepts the individual artist award on Thursday night, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center during the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

by: James Brooks | Juneau Empire

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Robert Sparks of Kenai accepts the Alaska Studies Educator of the Year award from Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday night, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center during the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

by: James Brooks | Juneau Empire

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Alaska State Writer Laureate Frank Soos holds the award for new state writer laureate Ernestine Hayes on Thursday night, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

by: James Brooks | Juneau Empire

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Shirley Mae Springer Staten of Anchorage accepts the Distinguished Service to the Humanities Award on Thursday night, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center during the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

by: James Brooks | Juneau Empire

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Marilyn Davidson of Kodiak accepts the Arts Education Award from Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday night, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center during the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

by: James Brooks | Juneau Empire

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Marilyn Davidson of Kodiak accepts the Arts Education Award on Thursday night, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center during the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

by: James Brooks | Juneau Empire

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The recipients of the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities pose for a "selfie" with event emcee Ryan Conarro at the conclusion of the ceremony Thursday night, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

by: James Brooks | Juneau Empire

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Performer Bri McMillen puts on a break-dancing performance during a VIP reception Thursday night, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Andrew P. Kashevaroff Alaska State Library, Museum and Archives before the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

by: James Brooks | Juneau Empire

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Lani Hotch of Klukwan accepts the Arts Business Leadership Award on Thursday night, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center during the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

by: James Brooks | Juneau Empire

Description

Gov. Bill Walker and almost a quarter of the Alaska Legislature attended Thursday night’s Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities, but the most popular person might have been someone who wasn’t there — President Donald Trump.

As Alaska’s arts luminaries accepted the state’s top honors, speaker after speaker emphasized the importance of the arts and urged those in attendance to speak against cuts proposed to federally funded arts organizations.

“Don’t let that happen, and continue to support public funding for the arts at every level,” said Charlotte Fox, who accepted the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award.

Read more here: http://juneauempire.com/news/state/art/2017-01-28/governor-s-awards-alaska-s-artists-worry-about-trump-s-proposed-cuts-nea

All photos by James Brooks | Juneau Empire

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