GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE ARTS - A recipient of the Governor’s Award is an individual who:
- Currently resides in Vermont
- Has made a significant and sustained contribution to the advancement of an art form
- Is recognized for his/her contribution in an international, national or regional area
- Demonstrates a personal commitment to the development of cultural life in Vermont
- Demonstrates exemplary standards of professional integrity
WALTER CERF AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN THE ARTS - The Walter Cerf award is presented to an individual who:
- Has made a sustained contribution to the arts and has had an impact on Vermont’s cultural life
- The Cerf awards have been named in honor of the late philanthropist Walter Cerf. Walter Cerf’s generous gifts, exceeding $5 million, have benefited numerous Vermont institutions including the Arts Council. Mr. Cerf was instrumental in establishing the Arts Endowment at the Vermont Community Foundation, and his contributions have created a $1 million fund to assist Vermont’s artists and arts organizations.
THE VERMONT ARTS COUNCIL’S BUSINESS AWARD - This award is presented in recognition of the recipient’s enthusiastic leadership in support of art and culture in Vermont. The awardee:
- Has a business that makes a significant contribution to the cultural life of the state or region
- Forms a partnership with the arts in their community
- Has a vision for the arts as an integral part of the workplace environment
THE VERMONT ARTS COUNCIL’S ARTHUR WILLIAMS AWARD - The award is named in honor of Arthur Williams, the Arts Council’s founding Executive Director. His long career in the Arts included chairing the effort to restore the Vermont State House, and he has served the highest artistic standards while remaining grounded in the type of community-based activism that is the hallmark of Vermont’s essential character. The award will be presented by Mr. Williams and other Vermont dignitaries.