The Conway Alliance for the Arts (CAFTA) will present the first annual art awards at a celebration and reception, 4:30 p.m. on April 19 at Trieschmann Fine Arts, Hendrix, honoring those who have contributed to the arts in Conway.

The categories are Student Artist, Individual Artist, Outstanding Arts Educator and Community Advocate for the Arts.

Deadline for nominations is April 5.

Supporting examples for nominations may be dropped by the Chamber of Commerce for Kim Williams, Director of the Downtown Partnership, and kim.williams@conwayarkansas.org

Governor’s Arts Awards

The Arkansas Arts Council is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards. http://www.arkansasarts.org/programs/governor.aspx.

The annual awards recognize Arkansas artists, arts patrons and corporations for their outstanding contributions to the arts community. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 26. Nominees must be current Arkansas residents or Arkansas-based corporations.

Nominations are accepted in seven 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 the fall. 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 www.arkansasarts.org or by contacting Cheri Leffew at (501) 324-9767 or cheri@arkansasheritage.org.

Artists League asking for entries

The Conway League of Artists Spring Show is seeking participants.

The show will be April 6-27 at the Faulkner County Library.

Entries should be delivered to the library the morning of April 6 by 11 a.m. and must be acceptable for public viewing.

The show is open to CLA members 18 years and older.

For membership information, details about the show, or entry forms, visit www.conwayleagueofartists.org

"Hats" in rehearsal

"Hats," a musical by Lantern Theatre and Community Arts Association, opens at 7:30 p.m. April 19 at 1021 Van Ronkle in Downtown Conway. For reservations, call 733-6220.

(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at becky.harris@thecabin.net and 505-1234.)