FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Governor's Awards in the Arts will be presented during a public ceremony at 10 a.m. Oct. 29, in the Capitol Rotunda, to a group of Kentucky individuals, businesses and organizations that have made long-lasting contributions to the arts in the Commonwealth.

"I congratulate this year's award recipients, who have demonstrated their commitment to the people of the Commonwealth through their work in the arts," said Gov. Steve Beshear. "They have positively influenced their fellow citizens and the arts landscape in the state, and continue to contribute significantly to Kentucky culture."

The Governor's Awards in the Arts are presented in nine different categories. The Milner Award was the first award, established in 1977, and remains the most prestigious. The recipients of the 2013 awards are:

  • Milner Award – Oakley and Eva Farris, Covington
  • Artist Award – Laura Ross, Prospect
  • Business Award – The 21c Museum Hotel, Louisville
  • Community Arts Award – International Bluegrass Music Museum, Owensboro
  • Education Award –Lexington Children's Theatre
  • Folk Heritage Award – Edward White, Louisville
  • Government Award – The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
  • Media Award –Tom Eblen, Lexington
  • National Award – Actors Theatre of Louisville

The Governor's Awards in the Arts are coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council. Nominations are accepted annually from the public. The deadline to make a nomination for the 2014 awards is Nov. 1, 2013.

Interviews with each of the award recipients will be posted on the arts council's blog, Creative Commonwealth (http://creativecommonwealth.ky.gov) leading up to the event, which is free. A reception will follow on the Capitol's mezzanine.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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