The museum is one of the 2009 recipients of the Governor’s Awards in the Arts, which will be honored by the governor at a public ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 6 in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfurt, Lawrence said.
“The museum has never received this high an honor – it is the biggest award to an arts organization that can be given by the state,” said Paul Fourshee, who serves on the JMAM Board of Directors and is on its executive committee.
Fourshee said he and the board knew the museum had been nominated last year, added that such nominations stay “in the pot” for three years, and that once the award is given, the organization winning the award is no longer eligible.
“I was somewhat surprised because I assumed that organizations in cities like Louisville and Lexington have more money and a larger number of supporters, therefore would be able to make a bigger impression on the governor,” Fourshee said.
Fourshee, Karen Clement and Ann Taylor organized the museum roughly 10 years ago, and Fourshee served as the first president.
The Governor’s Awards in the Arts recipients are selected in nine different categories, and the first that was established was the Milner Award, named after the late B. Hudson Milner, in 1978, Lawrence said.
The Kentucky Arts Council administers the Governor’s Awards in the Arts selection process, with the nominations solicited from the public and reviewed by a selection committee and given to the governor for final approval, Lawrence said.