Lady Susan Corbett Announces 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts to be Held in
Harrisburg– First Lady Susan Corbett today
announced that the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts will be held Sept. 28 at
Fisher Auditorium of the IUP Performing Arts Center at Indiana University of
Pennsylvania. This will be the first time the state arts event has been held on
a university campus.
birthplace of Jimmy Stewart, the first recipient of Pennsylvania Governor’s
Awards for the Arts, Indiana holds special meaning for this occasion,” said
Mrs. Corbett, who chairs the Arts Council. “It’s a tradition that the host
community is named the ‘Cultural Capital of the Commonwealth’ for the day and
Indiana’s vibrant arts community, the ongoing commitment to the arts
demonstrated by the University, and the fact that we’re in Jimmy Stewart’s
hometown makes this designation particularly appropriate.”
The Governor’s Awards for the Arts originated in Harrisburg in
1980 and were held there until 1996. The ceremony was then taken on the road
and is now held in a different city across the state each year.
The event has allowed multiple regions of the state to share in
this celebration of the arts and to showcase their unique cultural assets.
The awards recognize artistic accomplishments in four categories:
- Distinguished Arts Award
- Patron Award
- Artist of the Year Award
- Innovation in the Arts/Outstanding Leadership &
Past recipients of the Distinguished Arts Award include Marian
Anderson, Andrew Wyeth, James Michener, Chaim Potok, Fred Rogers, M. Night
Shyamalan, Marilyn Horne, Lang Lang, August Wilson, Rob Marshall, Jeff Koons,
and Michael Keaton. There have been 178 honorees to date.
An open call for nominations goes out to more than 1,800
Pennsylvania arts professionals and is now open to the public online. Last year
nearly 200 nominations were received.
The award recipients will be announced this summer and will be
posted on the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ website, www.pacouncilonthearts.org.
Private contributions support the awards and related expenses.
The Governor’s Awards for the Arts are administered by the
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency under the Office of the
Governor. The Council’s mission is to foster the excellence, diversity and
vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania, and to broaden the availability and
appreciation of those arts throughout the state.
Media contact: Heather Doughty, PA
Council on the Arts; 717-787-1517