LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Arts Council is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards

The annual awards recognize Arkansas artists, arts patrons and corporations for their outstanding contributions to the arts community. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug. 1. Nominees must be current Arkansas residents or Arkansas-based corporations.

Nominations are accepted in these categories: Arts Community Development; Arts in Education; Corporate Sponsorship of the Arts; Individual Artist, Folklife; Patron and Lifetime Achievement.

A distinguished panel from the Arkansas arts community reviews the nominations, and the award winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in February 2015.

Each nomination will be judged on the significance of the contributions made, the range of the individuals and groups served and the length of time and degree of the activity or contributions.

Governor’s Arts Awards nomination forms are available online at or by contacting Cheri Leffew at 501-324-9767 or

About the Arkansas Arts Council

The Arkansas Arts Council advances the arts in Arkansas by providing services and supporting arts endeavors that encourage and assist literary, performing and visual artists in achieving standards of professional excellence. In addition, the Arkansas Arts Council provides technical and financial assistance to Arkansas arts organizations and other providers of cultural and educational programs.

The Arkansas Arts Council is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Other agencies are the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Historic Arkansas Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Old State House Museum

Funding for the Arkansas Arts Council and its programs is provided by the State of Arkansas and the National Endowment for the Arts