Call for Nominations

Delaware's Governor’s Awards for the Arts recognize the contributions of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions and a lasting and profound impact on the artistic and cultural life of Delaware. Nominees should be individuals with legal residence in Delaware or an organization or business based in Delaware. Division staff, Arts Council members, members of their families and previous recipients are not eligible for nomination. Posthumous nominations will not be accepted. A late afternoon reception and awards ceremony will be held on October 28, 2019, in conjunction with Delaware Arts Summit. Awardees will be selected by the Governor's Award Selection Panel, comprised of arts professionals from across the state.
Nominees will be judged on information included in a narrative, two letters of support, and optional support materials.
Nominations are being accepted until June 28, 2019 for these prestigious awards in the following categories:

Arts Administration – Individual who has shown sustained, impactful, and visionary executive leadership of an arts organization.

Arts Education – Individual or organization that has made significant contributions through leadership and creativity to advance arts education in Delaware’s schools and communities, or in community organizations.

Arts Patron – Individual, foundation or entity that, over time, has sustained and enhanced the arts in their community or the state of Delaware through contributions of their time, effort, or financial resources.
Community Engagement – Individual or organization that works to create or strengthen interactive arts participation among diverse community members while increasing the public awareness about the role of the arts in community life.
Government – An elected or appointed official whose work has resulted in significant support for the arts through local or state government action.
To submit a nomination, you will need to complete and submit this nomination form, which includes uploading the following:
  • Nomination narrative (maximum of two pages, minimum 10 pt. font in PDF format)
  • Resume or organization history of the nominee (in PDF format)
  • Two letters of support for the nominee (in PDF format)
  • Up to three optional support materials (PDF, JPEG, or GIF)
  • Up to two optional URLs
For more information or assistance, visit or contact Kristin Pleasanton at

Note: In order to return to the application at a future date, you must complete the first page of the application and click "Next" at the bottom of the page. This saves your application and allows you to return to it before submitting. Otherwise, your information will be lost and you will have to start again. You can always come back and edit your responses on the first page, once you've saved it.

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* 2. Name of the Nominee (self-nominations are accepted)

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* 3. Nominee's professional affiliation (if applicable)

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* 4. Nominee's mailing address

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* 5. Nominee's email

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* 6. Nominee's telephone

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* 7. This nominee is:

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