First Lady Susan Corbett Announces 2013 Governor's Awards for the Arts to be Held in Harrisburg

Jul 11, 2013, 15:00 ET from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --First Lady Susan Corbett today announced that the 2013 Governor's Awards for the Arts will take place in Harrisburg on Oct. 22 at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

This will be the first time the state arts event has been held in Harrisburg since 2002.

"Harrisburg has a dynamic arts community, and I am pleased the Governor's Awards for the Arts are returning to the city where they originated," 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 this further celebrates Harrisburg as our state capital."

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 & Service Award

Past recipients of the Distinguished Arts Award include Jimmy Stewart, Marian Anderson, Andrew Wyeth, James Michener, Chaim Potok, Fred Rogers, M. Night Shyamalan, Marilyn Horne, Lang Lang, August Wilson, Rob Marshall, and Michael Keaton.

An open call for nominations went out to more than 1,800 Pennsylvania arts professionals and was open to the public online. More than 180 nominations were received.

The award recipients will be announced later this summer and will be posted on the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts' website,  

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

SOURCE Pennsylvania Council on the Arts