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Once a year a select few citizens and organizations exemplifying great art and devotion to the humanities are chosen for recognition.
2012 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities announced 102412 AE 1 Alaska Science Forum Once a year a select few citizens and organizations exemplifying great art and devotion to the humanities are chosen for recognition.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Story last updated at 10/24/2012 - 5:55 pm

2012 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities announced

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 Awards:

• 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.


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