For Immediate Release
Posted: January 18, 2023


Shelly Angers, NH Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136 |

NH State Council on the Arts opens 2023 Governor’s Arts Awards nominations

Kicking off what has become a biennial celebration of the arts in New Hampshire, the N.H. State Council on the Arts has announced that is now accepting nominations for the 2023 Governor’s Arts Awards.

Begun in 2003, the Governor’s Arts Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in New Hampshire.

Award categories in 2023 are:
- Arts Education – for outstanding contribution to the arts in the past three years
- Arts in Health – for providing increased access to the arts for people in healthcare settings or activities that align with public health priorities
- Creative Communities – for significant fostering of community arts in the past three years
- Distinguished Arts Leadership – for performing a sustained role in nonprofit arts leadership
- Folk Heritage – for a lifetime of achievement as a traditional folk artist
- Individual Arts Champion – for significant contribution to the support of the arts in New Hampshire
- Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure – for a lifetime of achievement in the artist’s art form and to the New Hampshire arts community. 

Full descriptions of each award category are available on the State Arts Council’s website,

Individuals nominated must be residents of New Hampshire or have made significant contributions to the arts while New Hampshire residents. Nominated organizations, businesses and municipalities must be physically located in New Hampshire.

A review panel appointed by the State Arts Council reviews all nominations, which must include a 1,000-word statement of the nominee’s accomplishments and two to five current letters of support. Other support materials may also be submitted as part of the nomination package.

The 2023 nomination form can be accessed from the State Arts Council’s website, Only online nominations are accepted and must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on April 14.

A celebration of 2023 Governor’s Arts Awards winners will take place this fall. 

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, a division of the New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, enhances the quality of life in New Hampshire by stimulating economic growth through the arts, investing in the creativity of students, making the arts accessible to underserved populations and preserving heritage arts. Learn more about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at