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Utah Division of Arts & Museums Seeks Nominations for Arts Leaders – 31 Dec 2015

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Division of Arts & Museums seeks nominations for the 2016 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 5, 2016 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City.

The Governor’s Awards in the Arts were established in 1980 to recognize individuals and organizations that make outstanding contributions to the cultural life 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 across the state who wish to nominate an arts leader that has created a meaningful impact.”

Last year, the awards went to Plan-B Theatre Company for organization leadership, Carrie Trenholm for education leadership, Epicenter in Green River for local arts agency leadership, and Kathy Cieslewicz for individual leadership.

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

The deadline for submission is Feb. 15, 2016.