DES MOINES – The Iowa Arts Council (IAC), a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, is seeking nominations for the Governor’s Arts Awards recognizing and honoring individuals, organizations and businesses in Iowa who have had a significant impact on the vitality of the arts in Iowa. The awards will be presented at the 2014 Iowa Arts Summit on June 6 in Des Moines.
Nominations for the Governor’s Arts Awards must be submitted by April 30, 2014, at www.iowaartssummit.com/get-involved. Individuals may submit nominations for any/all of the following award categories:
Public Art Leadership Award
Recognizes an individual, organization or business that demonstrates leadership and commitment to developing public art in Iowa.
Collaboration and Partnership in the Arts Award
Recognizes an individual, organization or business that undertakes an artistic cooperation that brings together diverse partners from within and beyond the arts community in Iowa.
Excellence and Innovation in the Arts Award
Recognizes an individual, organization or business that is dedicated to artistic excellence and capitalizes on new or emerging methods or trends in the arts.
Impact and Accessibility in the Arts Award
Recognizes an individual, organization or business that initiates a community-wide artistic undertaking that is broad in scope and seeks to serve a significant amount of Iowans; or, that seeks to improve accessibility to the arts for an underserved target population in Iowa.
The Governor’s Arts Awards will be presented at the 2014 Iowa Arts Summit. This day-long, conference-style event will be held June 6, 2014, in Des Moines at the Iowa Events Center to elevate the arts field in Iowa through professional development and networking opportunities for arts-related professionals. The Summit includes breakout sessions, performances by Iowa artists, lunch and the day’s closing event, presentation of the Governor’s Arts Awards.
Early-bird registration for the Iowa Arts Summit is now open at a discounted price of $30 per registrant. Full registration will open on April 1, 2014, for $45 per registrant, at which time the agenda and presenter lineup will be announced. More information about the Iowa Arts Summit can be found at www.iowaartssummit.com.
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its three divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa; the Iowa Arts Council; and Produce Iowa, the film, television and digital media office that supports media production in Iowa. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.