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October 12, 2012

RSU-TV to receive 2012 Governor’s Arts Award

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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. 
The honoree is Mike Larsen, Perkins.

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