The Arkansas Arts Council, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Governor’s Arts Awards. The annual awards recognize Arkansas artists, arts patrons, arts educators and corporations for their outstanding contributions to the arts community.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 7, 2018. Nominees must be current Arkansas residents or Arkansas-based corporations. Governor’s Arts Awards nomination forms are available online at or by contacting Cheri Leffew at (501) 324-9767 or

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

“Arkansas abounds with talented artists, arts educators and arts supporters,” said Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. “Please help us celebrate their contributions to our state by nominating candidates for the 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards.”

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