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Utah Division of Arts & Museums Seeks Nominations for Arts Leaders

am_things_events_governors_delora_and_first_lady1-300x246SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Division of Arts & Museums seeks nominations for the 2017 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards.

Four awards are given annually in conjunction with Utah Arts and Museums’ Mountain West Arts Conference. This year the conference will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City.

Established in 1980, the Governor’s Awards in the Arts recognize individuals and organizations that make outstanding contributions to the cultural fabric of Utah. In 2007, the awards adapted to honor those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the arts. Today, the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recognizes those qualities that advance the arts for the people and communities in our state.

“We have recognized an incredible variety of talent over the years through this award, and the amount of work and leadership coming out of communities across Utah continues to astound me,” said Gay Cookson, director of Utah Arts & Museums. “We look forward to hearing from Utahns who wish to nominate an arts leader that has created a meaningful impact.”

Last year, the awards went to Utah Arts Festival for organization leadership, James Rees for education leadership, Zion Canyon Arts & Humanities Council for local arts agency leadership, and Dr. Craig Jessop for individual leadership.

Nomination forms can be found at under the events tab and submitted via email to Natalie Petersen, Assistant Director of Utah Arts & Museums at

The deadline for submission is Feb. 10, 2017.