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POSTPONED: 2020 Governor's Arts Awards Virtual Celebration - 09/11/20

(Salem, OR) — A virtual event to celebrate the 2020 Governor’s Arts Awards recipients is postponed due to Oregon’s current wildfire emergency. The Virtual Celebration was scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12. A new date for the celebration will be set soon.

“This isn’t the right time for a celebration,” said Brian Rogers, executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission. “Many Oregonians are suffering and communities are still at risk.

“In the last few days we have learned of many artists who have been forced to evacuate their homes and at least 20 in southern Oregon whose homes have been lost to fire,” said Rogers. “Many more are on alert, knowing they could be evacuated at any time. Our thoughts are with them and we want to ensure they are safe before we move forward with the celebration of the Governor’s Arts Awards.”

Darrell Grant. Thomas Teal photo.
Darrell Grant. Thomas Teal photo.
Media Advisory: 2020 Governor's Arts Awards Virtual Celebration (Photo) - 09/03/20

WHAT: Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Arts Commission will present four individuals and one organization with the 2020 Governor’s Arts Award during a first-ever virtual celebration. The Governor’s Arts Awards is Oregon’s highest honor for exemplary service to the arts.

WHO: The 2020 Governor's Arts Awards recipients are Darrell Grant, a jazz musician and educator from Portland; H’Klumaiyat (Huk-loo-MAHee-yat) Roberta Joy Kirk, a traditional artist and educator from Warm Springs; John Laursen (LORE-sen), a writer, designer, editor and typographer from Portland; Toni Pimble, the founding artistic director of the Eugene Ballet; and the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus in Portland.

Read the full release with bios of all awardees.

WHEN: 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12

WHERE: The 2020 Governor’s Arts Awards Virtual Celebration will be livestreamed on the Oregon Arts Commission Facebook page and its YouTube Channel.

DETAILS: The Virtual Celebration will feature remarks by Governor Brown and each of the awardees, as well as three special performances: a new reading by Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani; a commissioned performance by conductor/cellist Zachary Banks and violinist Viet (Vee-it) Block of Pendleton; and an encore performance by Harriet Tubman and Faubion Middle School dance students from Artslandia’s showcase of Portland Public Schools’ arts programs. Note: Zachary Banks is a former student of awardee Darrell Grant.

A partnership between the Office of the Governor and the Arts Commission, the Governor’s Arts Awards recognize and honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the arts in Oregon. They are held periodically as funding allows. The last Governor’s Arts Awards was held in 2017.

Quote from Governor Brown: "The awards are a great way to celebrate Oregon's artistic treasures and honor the impact they have had on our state."

The 2020 Governor’s Arts Awards Award Object was created by wood artist Jim Piper.

The 2020 Governor’s Arts Awards Virtual Celebration is supported by the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation/Jordan Schnitzer.