Each year, any individuals, organizations, or institutions that have made a significant contribution to the arts and humanities in Alaska are eligible to be nominated by the public for an award, with the exception of current ASCA or Forum Council/Board members, staff or prior Award recipients. Award recipients are selected by the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Alaska Humanities Forum, and the Office of the Governor.
Nominations for the 2020 awards are now open.
You will need the following information to nominate an individual or organization for an award:
1) Name and contact information of the person or organization being nominated. Please check the list of past awardees to be sure that your nominee has not already received an award; previous awardees are not eligible to be nominated again.
2) Nominee’s birthdate, including year
3) Your name and contact information
4) A written nomination statement that describes the nominee in relation to the description of the award you are nominating for, including the long-term impact of their dedication and passion. Note any significant accomplishments they have achieved in their career. (Limit 400 words)
5) A bio, resume/curriculum vitae or other information that demonstrates why this person or organization should receive this award.
6) You will need to submit 3-5 letters of support for your nominee.
2020 Award Categories
The Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities are presented by the Alaska Humanities Forum to recognize those Alaska individuals and/or organizations whose efforts have contributed to telling the stories of our past, present, and future, and whose work has helped build a more culturally diverse, economically vibrant, and equitable Alaska where people are engaged, informed, and connected. These awards honor the well-established -- as well as the lesser known -- that have stepped up and made an impact in our communities and our state. Eligibility is open to any individual, organization or institution that has made a significant contribution to the arts and humanities in Alaska, with the exception of current AKHF Board members, staff or prior Award recipients.
For questions, please contact Nancy Hemsath, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education: This award recognizes an Alaska individual or organization that has helped strengthen communities by contributing to a better understanding of the world, one another, and the human experience.
Leadership: This award recognizes an Alaska individual or organization that has helped strengthen communities through their commitment to improve Alaska's social, economic, and civic life.
Community: This award recognizes an Alaska individual or organization that has helped strengthen communities by forging connections between people across, race, class, and cultural divides.
The arts awards are offered in the following categories: Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Native Arts and Languages, Business Leadership, and Individual Artist. Eligibility is open to any individual, organization or institution that has made a significant contribution to the arts in Alaska, with the exception of current ASCA Council members, staff or prior Award recipients.
Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Native Arts and Languages: Awarded to an individual or organization whose work furthers traditional Alaska Native language or culture.
Business Leadership: Awarded to a business whose fiscal generosity and participation has made a substantial impact on the arts in Alaska; a business that has used the arts to propel its success; programs that engage employees with creativity and other community activities that support arts and business partnerships; a business dedicated to promoting the arts through administrative and professional efforts.
Individual Artist: Awarded based on artistic leadership, distinction, and merit; Recognition of artistic contribution to the state or community through previous honors and awards, reviews or articles; Longevity of impact to state or community.