Story last updated at 9/11/2013 - 5:46 pm
The Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, and the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation are pleased to announce a re-envisioned format for the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. Traditionally, the ceremony has been held as an awards banquet, scheduled in conjunction with the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in October. But this year, the awards ceremony will be held in Juneau on Jan. 30, 2014, to coincide with the state legislative session.
In addition, the new plan will replace the sit-down banquet with a reception for sponsors, elected officials, honorees and the community, followed by the awards ceremony, which will mix artist performances with award presentations in a theater setting open to a larger portion of the public. "We are excited about the new format for the Governor's Awards and that this opportunity will allow us to share the great work of Alaskans in the arts and humanities with a broader audience," said Joan Braddock, chair of the Alaska Humanities Forum.
The Alaska Humanities Forum, Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Arts and Culture Foundation have jointly sponsored the event for decades. Coordinating with the Governor's Office, the awards are meant to honor significant achievements by Alaskan artists, writers, historians, scholars, humanities and arts institutions and others.
In the past, the awards banquet was scheduled to coincide with AFN's annual convention to allow the governor to easily attend both events. But that arrangement made it difficult for staff and board members of the sponsoring organizations to also participate in AFN events.
"We feel that this move will allow us to more fully participate in AFN, while also giving us the opportunity to better spotlight Alaska's arts and humanities leaders to our friends in the state Legislature," said Ben Brown, chair of the Alaska State Council on the Arts.
The change in date and venue will mean a change in the deadline for nominations. The nomination process will open in mid-September with an October 31, 2013 deadline. Application forms will be available on the sponsors' websites: www.akhf.org, www.eed.state.ak.us/aksca/ or http://www.akarts.org/.