2016 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities Recipients Announced



Contact: Shannon Daut, 907.269.6610 or 1.888.278.7424

Date: December 11, 2015




Once a year, a select few Alaska citizens and organizations that exemplify great art and devotion to the humanities are recognized for enriching the culture of the state.


The Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Humanities Forum are pleased to announce the eight recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities.

The annual awards are co-presented by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Humanities Forum in coordination with the Office of the Governor. The awards ceremony will take place Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

The 2016 awardees are:

Governor’s Awards for the Arts


  • Lifetime Achievement Award:June Rogers, Fairbanks
  • Individual Artist Award: Pat Garley, Palmer
  • Arts Advocacy Award: Nancy DeCherney, Juneau
  • Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts and Languages:

Vicki Soboleff, Juneau


Governor’s Awards for the Humanities


Distinguished Service to the Humanities:

  • Cyrano’s Theatre Company, Anchorage
  • Steve Henrikson, Alaska State Museum Curator of Collections, Juneau
  • Lucy “Ahvaiyak” Richards, Iñupiaq Language Instructor, Barrow


Alaska Studies Educator of the Year:

  • Marc Swanson, Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area Curriculum Developer, Seward


Tickets are now on sale!

Tickets for the 2016 Governor’s Awards VIP Reception and Awards Ceremony can be purchased at: http://bit.ly/GovernorsAwardsVIP2016 . Enjoy a special opportunity to meet this year’s awardees at the VIP Reception at the KTOO studios @360, then move to the Governor’s Awards ceremony across the street at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Ticket price includes admission to the VIP reception and admission to the public reception and awards ceremony.

Tickets for the 2016 Governor’s Awards Public Reception and Awards Ceremony tickets can be purchased at: http://bit.ly/GovernorsAwards2016.



The Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) is a division of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, and is governed by eleven council members appointed by the Governor. ASCA is supported with general funds appropriated by the Alaska State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from Rasmuson Foundation. The mission of the Alaska State Council on the Arts is to foster the development of the arts for all Alaskans through education, partnerships, grants and services.


Alaska State Council on the Arts, 161 Klevin Street, Suite 102, Anchorage, Alaska 99508-1506

(907) 269-6610 or  (888) 278-7424   *   Fax (907) 269-6601  http://education.alaska.gov/aksca



The Alaska Humanities Forum engages Alaskans in humanities-based projects and innovative programs such as Take Wing Alaska, Sister School Exchange and Leadership Anchorage. The Forum was founded in 1972 by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is one of 56 state and territorial groups supported by the NEH. The Forum is also a member of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The mission of the Alaska Humanities Forum is to use the humanities to tell stories and impact the lives of all Alaskans.


The Alaska Humanities Forum, 161 E. 1st Avenue, Door 15, Anchorage, Alaska, 99501

(907) 272-5341   *   Fax (907) 272-3979 http://www.akhf.org/