39th Annual Governor’s Arts Awards Announced

37 finalists from 16 Arizona communities vie for prestigious recognition

The 2020 Governor’s Arts Awards, postponed last spring because of the coronavirus, will be broadcast virtually Wed., Oct. 28, on the Arizona Citizens for the Arts Facebook page. The event is presented by Billie Jo and Judd Herberger.

Winners will be announced in four categories: Artists, Administrator/Organization, Business and Philanthropy. Thirty-seven finalists from 16 Arizona communities were announced in March.

Shelley Award winners this year are Catherine “Rusty” Foley, former Arizona Citizens for the Arts executive director, and Bob Booker, former executive director at the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Foley and Booker will be recognized during the event.

The 90-minute broadcast, hosted by AzCA Executive Director Joseph Benesh, begins at 6 p.m. and will include the announcement of 2020 honorees, a silent auction and a musical performance. There is no cost to view the ceremony, but donations will be accepted. Registration is required to participate in the online silent auction. Silent auction items will be available for viewing the week before the event.

REGISTRATION AND SILENT AUCTION

PHOTOS COURTESY ARIZONA CITIZENS FOR THE ARTS

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