The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting nominations for the 2010 Governor’s Awards in the Arts through March 1. The awards recognize extraordinary achievements in the arts or outstanding contributions to the arts. The categories are:
■ Milner Award, for outstanding philanthropic, artistic, or other contributions to the arts and their role in the economy, community and culture of Kentucky
■ National Award, for a Kentuckian who has received national acclaim in the arts
■ Artist, for lifetime achievement by an individual artist
■ Business, for a businesses that shows interest in and support of the arts
■ Community arts, to an organization or individual who has made a positive impact on a community through the arts
■ Education, for an individual, school, school district or organization’s contributions to arts education
■ Folk heritage, to an individual or group that has made exceptional efforts to perpetuate Kentucky’s artistic traditions
■ Government, to a government entity or leader who has made significant contributions to the arts
■ Media, for a Kentucky journalist or a media organization in Kentucky that has made outstanding efforts to bring the arts to the public’s attention
Recent winners from the Lexington area have included trumpeter Vince DiMartino, visual artist Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, actor George Clooney and arts-supporting business The Liquor Barn.
Nominations are due by March 1. For information and nomination forms call Dan Strauss at (502) 564-3757, ext. 474 or visit the Arts Council’s website. Gov. Steve Beshear will present the 2010 Awards at a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in October.