On April 22, 2014, the Office of the Lt. Governor and the Office of Cultural Development, in 
partnership with the Louisiana State Arts Council, the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, 
the Louisiana Archaeological Survey and Antiquities Commission, the Louisiana Folklife 
Commission and the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, are sponsoring the 
annual Louisiana Culture Awards. The purpose of this awards program is to recognize 
individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to Louisiana’s culture. 
 
 
AWARD CATEGORIES 
The Louisiana Culture Awards are open to any individual, organization or community whose 
efforts contribute to preserving or enhancing the state’s culture. Awards will be given in the 
following categories: 
 
 
ARTS AWARDS 
 
Cultural District Award—Recognizes a Cultural District that exemplifies the strategic use of 
creativity, arts and culture to build a climate for cultural expression, improve quality of life, 
enhance existing assets and strengthen economic opportunity while respecting the quality of the 
place. 
 
Education Award—Recognizes the efforts of individuals or organizations that have, through 
educational efforts, helped to broaden appreciation for the importance and value of arts and 
traditions in Louisiana. 
 
Leadership Award—Recognizes an individual or organization that is making or has made a 
significant contribution to the promotion of arts, folk heritage or the development of an artistic 
discipline in a community, region or the state. 
 
Folklife Heritage Award—Recognizes an individual or organization that has helped create, 
maintain or promote Louisiana’s diverse cultural traditions or made significant contributions to 
the state’s folklife heritage as a tradition bearer, scholar or activist. 
 
Culinary Arts Award—Recognizes an individual or organization that is making or has made a 
significant contribution to the culinary arts in a community, region or the state. 
 
Outstanding Arts Organization—Recognizes an established nonprofit organization that has 
made an outstanding contribution to Louisiana’s arts or folk cultures in its region or the state. 
 
Artist of the Year—Recognizes the efforts of a professional or folk artist in any artistic 
discipline who has made a significant contribution to his or her art form and Louisiana’s arts 
industry. HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND ARCHAEOLOGY AWARDS 
 
Main Street Award—Recognizes a Main Street community that exemplifies the strategic use of 
creativity, historic preservation and/or culture to build a climate for cultural expression, improve 
quality of life, enhance existing assets and strengthen economic opportunity while respecting 
the quality of the place. 
 
Education Award—Recognizes the efforts of individuals or organizations that have, through 
educational efforts, helped broaden appreciation for the importance and value of historic 
preservation or archaeology in Louisiana. 
 
Leadership Award—Recognizes an individual or organization that is making or has made a 
significant contribution to the promotion of historic preservation, archaeology or the 
development of his or her cultural discipline in a community, region or the state. 
 
Heritage Award—Recognizes an individual or organization that has successfully leveraged 
assets to provide greater cultural value to its region within the state (such as a heritage tourism 
project, archaeological site or restoration/preservation effort such as adaptive reuse). 
 
Preservationist of the Year—Recognizes the efforts of an individual or organization that has 
made a significant contribution to historic preservation in Louisiana. 
 
Archaeologist of the Year—Recognizes the efforts of an individual or organization that has 
made a significant contribution to archaeology in Louisiana. 
 
 
FRENCH LANGUAGE AWARD 
 
Le Prix de la Franco-Responsabilité—Est décerné à un individu ou une structure qui œuvre à 
la création d’un écosystem pour que le français se développe sur les plans économiques, 
éducatifs, culturels et professionnels et dans lequel les parlants français et créole de Louisiane 
sont reconnus et encouragés dans leurs identités culturelles et linguistiques. 
 
Le Prix de la Franco-Responsabilité—Recognizes an individual or organization that works 
toward the creation of an ecosystem that allows for the development of French in the economic, 
educational, cultural and professional sectors and in which Louisiana’s French and Creole 
speakers are recognized and encouraged in their cultural and linguistic identities. 
 
 
EVALUATION CRITERIA 
Awards are based on the following criteria: 
 Significance and magnitude of the nominee’s contributions and/or achievements 
 Consistent or innovative involvement with and commitment to culture 
 Benefit of the nominee’s contributions to Louisiana’s cultural industries 
 
 
AWARDS TIMELINE 
Nominations must be received in our office by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. 
The Louisiana Culture Awards ceremony will take place in Baton Rouge at the Capitol Park 
Museum on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.




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