Story last updated at 10/24/2012 - 5:55 pm
Once a year a select few citizens and organizations exemplifying great art and devotion to the humanities are chosen for recognition.
Seven outstanding citizens and organizations from around the state were honored as the 2012 recipients of the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. In 2012, we will also recognize and celebrate a new Alaska Writer Laureate who will represent Alaska from 2012 to 2014.
2012 Recipients of the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities are:
Arts Education: John "Sinnaq" Sinnok, Shishmaref
Arts Organization: Valley Performing Arts, Wasilla
Individual Artist: Gail Niebrugge, Palmer
Native Arts: Susie "Qimmiqsak" Bevins-Ericsen, Anchorage
Distinguished Service to the Humanities:
Sven Haakanson, Jr., Executive Director Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository, Kodiak
Carol Swartz; Director Kenai Peninsula College - Kachemak Bay Campus; founding Director Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference, Homer
Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage
Alaska State Writer Laureate
Nora Marks Dauenhauer, Juneau
The awards were presented on Thursday, Oct. 18. The awards are sponsored by the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, and the Office of the Governor with generous support from ConocoPhillips Alaska and BP.