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Highlighting both the ongoing support that the arts contribute to the health and well-being of the state’s communities as well as the challenges the arts sector in New Hampshire has faced throughout the pandemic, the N.H. State Council on the Arts announced today that it is seeking nominations for the 2021 Governor’s Arts Awards.

Categories for the 2021 Governor’s Arts Awards include: Arts Education, Arts in Health, Creative Communities, Distinguished Arts Leadership, Folk Heritage, Individual Arts Champion and Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure, a lifetime achievement award.

A special category this year, Silver Lining Resilience Awards, will recognize innovative solutions created during the pandemic; these solutions may include the development of streaming programs, new partnerships or revenue streams, as well as creating new opportunities for individual artists. Five Silver Lining Resilience Awards, one for each Executive Council district, will be awarded.

New Hampshire’s Governors Arts Awards are given every other year. While they are non-monetary, they publicly recognize outstanding contributions to the state’s arts and cultural life made by individuals, organizations and communities.

To be eligible for nominations, individuals must reside in New Hampshire or have made significant contributions to the arts while living in New Hampshire; nominated organizations, cities and towns must be physically located in New Hampshire.

The deadline for nominations is April 16. Nominations are being accepted exclusively online.

To learn more about the 2021 Governors Arts Awards and to see a list of previous awardees, visit

The N.H. State Council on the Arts is a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The State Arts Council provides a wide variety of services, competitive grants, and technical assistance to not-for-profit organizations, schools, health care facilities, and individual artists, helping to ensure that the arts thrive in New Hampshire and are accessible to all. Funding for grants and services is provided by the New Hampshire Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Learn more at


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