Pittsburgh to Host the 2019 Governor’s Awards for the Arts

March 19, 2019

Harrisburg, PA — The 2019 Governor’s Awards for the Arts will be held September 27 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) Executive Director Karl Blischke announced today.

The public is invited to submit nominations by April 8 via arts.pa.gov. The 2019 award recipients will be announced this summer. The awards ceremony was last held in Pittsburgh in 1997.

“We are thrilled to be bringing the Governor’s Awards to Pittsburgh,” said Blischke. “Our commonwealth’s arts and cultural legacy is rich with Pittsburgh artists, performers, writers and institutions. What’s more, the city’s renaissance and thriving arts and cultural community are quintessential illustrations of how the creative industries play a pivotal role in a community’s vitality and livability.”

The awards recognize artistic accomplishment in four award categories: Distinguished Arts, Artist of the Year (the Hazlett Memorial Award), Creative Industries and Arts Leadership and Service.

The Governor’s Awards for the Arts originated in 1980. Since 1996, the ceremony has been held in a different city across the commonwealth each year, allowing multiple regions of the state to share in this celebration of the arts and showcase their unique cultural assets.

Past recipients of the Distinguished Arts Award include Marian Anderson, Andrew Wyeth, James Michener, Jennifer Higdon, Fred Rogers, M. Night Shyamalan, Marilyn Horne, Lang Lang, August Wilson, Rob Marshall, Jeff Koons, and Michael Keaton. There have been more than 180 honorees to date.

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. Private contributions support the ceremony, reception, award objects, and related expenses. The Council’s mission is to strengthen the cultural, educational and economic vitality of Pennsylvania’s communities through the arts.

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