This year, winners of the Governor’s Arts and Heritage Awards included painter and community leader Barbara Earl Thomas, musician and filmmaker Quinton Morris and Tejano musician Oscar Galvan, plus the Vashon Center for the Arts and the Asia Pacific Cultural Center in Tacoma.

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Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington State Art Commission have announced the winners for the 2016 Governor’s Arts and Heritage Awards.

The first award was given out in 1966.

This year’s winners are: Barbara Earl Thomas, a painter who also led the Northwest African American Museum for several years and attended Garfield High School (Seattle); Tejano musician Oscar Galvan (Sunnyside); violinist and historian Dr. Quinton Morris (Seattle); the Asia Pacific Cultural Center (Tacoma); and the Vashon Center for the Arts (Vashon Island).

The awards are administered by the Washington State Arts Commission and given to “outstanding individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to the arts and cultural traditions of Washington State.”