Oklahoma Arts Council has announced that Rogers State University Public Television will be honored with a 2012 Governor’s Arts Award for its contributions to arts in Oklahoma.
RSU Public TV joins seven other organizations and 11 individuals who will be recognized during the 37th Annual Governor’s Arts Awards, to be presented by Gov. Mary Fallin during a Nov. 8 ceremony at the state capitol. The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. in the 4th Floor Rotunda with a reception on the capitol’s first floor to follow. The event is free and open to the public.
“During the past 25 years, I have witnessed RSU Public Television grow from a nascent idea into a staple for households throughout northeastern Oklahoma,” RSU President Dr. Larry Rice said. “RSU Public TV has proven to be a crucial asset in the university’s outreach efforts to bring educational and cultural opportunities to the community.”
In addition to programs supporting the university’s educational mission, RSU Public TV has been widely acclaimed for carrying high-quality cultural content and award-winning original programming. During the past six years, the station has earned two dozen national and regional awards for its original programs and documentaries.
RSU will be presented a “Media in the Arts Award” given to media outlets that demonstrate commitment to the arts in Oklahoma documented through public awareness, support, fairness, initiative, creativity and professionalism in reporting. Also being recognized in the category this year are KOSU Radio in Stillwater and OKIE Magazine in Lawton.
As the only full-powered public television station licensed to a public university in Oklahoma, RSU Public TV provides educational, cultural and general interest programming to an audience of 1.3 million viewers in northeastern Oklahoma, and the Tulsa metropolitan area. RSU Public TV broadcasts via DISH, DirectTV and UHF Channel 35 and is carried on 76 cable systems including Cox Cable Channel 109 (35.1) and 110 (35.2) in Tulsa and Claremore.
The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts in Oklahoma. The Council’s mission is to lead, cultivate and support a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education and economic vitality for all Oklahomans.
Oklahoma Arts Council Executive Director Kim Baker said the awards bring recognition to individuals and organizations making a difference in communities throughout the state. Governor’s Arts Awards recipients are selected from submitted nominations by members of the Governor’s Arts Awards Selection Committee.
Other honorees this year include:
The Governor’s Award recognizes longtime leadership and significant contributions to the arts. Honorees are: Dr. Don Betz, Edmond; Christian Keesee, Oklahoma City; and Charles Ward, Tulsa.
The Business in the Arts Award recognizes individuals, businesses and corporations that exhibit outstanding support of the arts in Oklahoma. The honoree is AVB Bank in Broken Arrow.
The Arts in Education Award recognizes an individual, organization, school, educator or group for their outstanding leadership and service in the arts benefitting youth and/or arts in education. Honorees are: Choregus Productions, Tulsa; Firehouse Arts Center, Norman; and Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Oklahoma City.
The Community Service Award recognizes individuals for significant contributions to the arts in specific Oklahoma communities in the areas of leadership and volunteerism. Honorees are: Dr. Bob Palmer, Bethany; Dolores McClure, Enid; Laurie Thompson, Mangum; Mary Bryant, Nancy Harris and Marlene Woods, all of Arnett; and the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa.
George Nigh Public Service in the Arts Award recognizes an Oklahoma government official or entity for outstanding support of the arts.
The honoree is Enid Mayor Bill Shewey. A Special Recognition Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made a unique contribution in support of the arts.