Governor's Creative Leadership and Colorado Poet Laureate seeking noms


With the arrival of a new year comes a turnover for fresh faces and places. 2014 should be an exciting year for the Colorado Creative Industries office, which is facilitating both of the following calls: 

• The 2014 Governor's Creative Leadership Awards are now accepting nominations, through Feb. 27, 4 p.m. Formerly the Governor's Art Awards, and given to locations or districts (Pueblo won one last year), this year it will recognize organizations and individuals who "demonstrated a significant commitment to Colorado's creative landscape through civic leadership and volunteerism including advocacy, vision, collaboration or innovation."

Presented to individuals, arts organizations, creative businesses, arts administrators, corporations and volunteers that have demonstrated significant support or participation in activities on a statewide basis that advance the value of the creative industries in Colorado communities. Nominations are accepted under the following categories:

Arts and creative placemaking: Presented to individuals or organizations thatuse the arts to envision new futures through activities such as activating a public space, animating a community or sparking redevelopment.

Arts and community action: Presented toindividuals and organizations that have demonstrated selfless service, inspired others to take action or catalyze change in their community using the arts.

Arts and social change: Presented to individuals or organizations that work to solve a critical social problem such as homelessness, drug prevention, abuse, poverty or racism using creativity and/or arts.
Colorado Poet Laureate is also accepting nominations for the next great state poet, who will serve four years and "serve as an active advocate for poetry, literacy and literature by participating in readings and other events at venues such as schools, libraries, literary festivals and the State Capitol. The Poet Laureate will also provide the Governor with an annual account of the impact and success of the Colorado Poet Laureate program."

David Mason of Colorado College is the state's current laureate.

The selection of Poet Laureate will be based on artistic excellence, a demonstrated history of community service in the advancement of poetry and the ability to present poetry effectively. A review panel will be convened to review nominations and make recommendations to the Governor, who will make the final selection. The Poet Laureate chosen by the Governor will serve a four-year term beginning in October 2014.
Entries will be accepted through Feb. 3.

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