The biennial Governor's Arts Awards is the state's premier event in recognizing those who shape our artistic landscape. The impact of the arts, and these honorees, is felt in the classroom, the economy, and the community -- they drive Nebraska forward. We invite you to celebrate their achievements and recognize the power of the arts in improving Nebraska. Join us in 2014 for the next Governor’s Arts Awards!
2012 Governor's Arts Awards "The Arts Drive Nebraska" - April 2, 2012
The 2012 Governor’s Arts Awards dinner and honors presentation, “The Arts Drive Nebraska”, was held on Monday, April 2 in downtown Lincoln at the Embassy Suites Hotel. The event was hosted by Governor Dave Heineman and humorist Juli Burney and was broadcast and webcast by NET. Guests, some attired in biker gear to celebrate the event theme, were treated to a musical performance by Celtic Cabaret prior to the ceremony.
The eleven honored were given awards handcrafted by photographer Larry Ferguson and ceramicist Susan Dewsnap. The special video introduction and awardee interviews were created by Delinea Design. An afternoon advocacy session, "Rally for the Arts", was held by Nebraskans for the Arts and was open to the public.
Presenting Our 2012 GAA Award Winners
The following Nebraska individuals and organizations received their awards at the 2012 Governor's Arts Awards event held in Lincoln on April 2, 2012. Click the honorees' names for award details and biography:
Emerging Leader: Anne Trumble
Heritage Arts: African Culture Connection
Leonard Thiessen: Catherine and Terry Ferguson
Outstanding Artist: Jun Kaneko
Click on the 2012 Governor's Arts Awards program cover to view a pdf copy of the contents. A special thanks to all our program ad sponsors and event donors who helped make this year's event a great success!
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