Governor Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf Honor Recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Awards for the Arts

August 08, 2018

Scranton, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf this evening recognized the recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Awards for the Arts. The ceremony was held at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple.

The Governor’s Awards are the Commonwealth’s most prestigious recognition for the arts, honoring outstanding Pennsylvania artists, arts organizations, cultural leaders and patrons who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts. Recipients are selected from public nominations, then reviewed and recommended by an advisory panel.

“The arts play a role in many facets of our commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “When we talk about the arts, we often speak of their power to make us connect, feel and think. But the arts also bolster our economy, shape our youth and build our communities.”

This year’s Governor’s Awards recipients are:

  • Quiara Alegría Hudes, Philadelphia native – Distinguished Arts Award: Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright, revered for her richly imaginative and intellectually rigorous work. Hudes’ plays and musicals include Water by the Spoonful, and In the Heights.
  • Mira Nakashima, New Hope – Lifetime Achievement in the Arts: Renowned furniture designer known for her unparalleled knowledge and mastery of wood; director and custodian of the George Nakashima Woodworker studio and property.
  • Tina Williams Brewer, Pittsburgh – Artist of the Year Award: Internationally-renowned fiber artist known for her artistic exploration of African American history and culture. Brewer uses symbolism and textiles to create story quilts that reflect issues of family, women and children, and spirituality of the culture.
  • C.F. Martin & Co., Inc., Nazareth – Special Recognition for Advancing the Arts: Six-generation, family owned and world-renowned guitar maker with a 185-year history of crafting hand-made instruments using innovative techniques. Martin guitars and Martin strings have been played by countless musicians, including Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton.
  • Scribe Video Center, Philadelphia – Arts Leadership & Service Award: National leader with a 35-year history of community-based film, video, audio, and new media programs. Founded by MacArthur “Genius Award” winner, Louis Massiah, Scribe is particularly known for exploring, developing and advancing electronic media to advance social change.

Each year, the Governor’s Awards for the Arts ceremony takes place in a different location in the commonwealth. This enables the host city to showcase its unique cultural assets to an audience of cultural leaders from across Pennsylvania. All expenses related to the ceremony are paid for with private contributions.

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. For more information about the PCA, visit or call 717-787-6883.

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