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2018 Governor’s Awards for the Arts Recipients Announced

Scranton, PA – Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Executive Director Karl Blischke today announced the recipients of the prestigious Governor’s Awards for the Arts, which honor outstanding Pennsylvania artists, arts organizations, cultural leaders and patrons who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to announce this year’s recipients, who embody the spirit and diversity of our commonwealth’s arts and cultural legacy, said Blischke. “These honorees illustrate, in a variety of ways, that creativity comes in many forms and contributes to our economy and society.”

Governor Tom Wolf will present the awards on August 8 at 7 p.m., at the Scranton Cultural Center in downtown Scranton. In keeping with tradition, Scranton will be named the cultural capital of the commonwealth for that day. Private contributions support the ceremony, reception, award objects and related expenses.

The 2018 honorees are:

Quiara Alegría Hudes, Philadelphia native – Distinguished Arts Award: Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright, revered for her richly imaginative and intellectually rigorous work. Hudes’ plays and musicals include Water By the Spoonful, and In the Heights.

Mira Nakashima, New Hope – Lifetime Achievement in the Arts: Renowned furniture designer known for her unparalleled knowledge and mastery of wood; director and custodian of the George Nakashima Woodworker studio and property.

Tina Williams Brewer, Pittsburgh – Artist of the Year Award: Internationally-renowned fiber artist known for her artistic exploration of African American history and culture. Brewer uses symbolism and textiles to create story quilts that reflect issues of family, women and children, and spirituality of the culture. 

C.F. Martin & Co., Inc., Nazareth – Special Recognition for Advancing the Arts: Six-generation, family owned and world-renowned guitar maker with a 180-year history of crafting hand-made instruments using innovative techniques. Martin guitars and Martin strings have been played by countless musicians, including Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton.

Scribe Video Center, Philadelphia – Arts Leadership & Service Award: National leader with a 35-year history of community-based film, video, audio, and new media programs. Founded by MacArthur “Genius Award” winner, Louis Massiah, Scribe is particularly known for exploring, developing and advancing electronic media to advance social change.

Governor Wolf continues the unique Pennsylvania tradition of holding the awards ceremony in a different community each year. This enables the host region to showcase its cultural assets to an audience of cultural leaders from across Pennsylvania.

A series of events will take place in early August, in Scranton, leading up to the Governor’s Awards for the Arts. First Friday Scranton, Scranton Jazz Festival and Lackawanna Arts Fest are among these, as well as an outdoor celebration of the region’s cultural assets, immediately before the awards ceremony.

The Governor’s Awards for the Arts are administered by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency under the Office of the Governor. The Council’s mission is to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania, and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state. For more information about the PCA, visit arts.pa.gov or call 717-787-6883.

MEDIA CONTACT: Norah Johnson, 717-525-5549

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