Ketchikan is home to many extraordinary people and entities who have contributed much to their community, region and state over time.

Now could be a good time to recognize those contributions formally.

Public nominations are being accepted for the six categories of annual Governor's Arts and Humanities Awards through Aug. 15.

Since 1968, the awards have honored Alaskans and Alaska organizations in a variety of categories.

Does this list of the award categories bring a Ketchikan person or organization to mind?

• The Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities — Education recognizes contribution to a better understanding of the world, one another and the human experience.

• The Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities — Leadership recognizes commitment to improve Alaska's social, economic and civic life.

• The Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities — Community recognizes the building of connections between people across, race, class and cultural divides.

• The Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Native Arts and Languages honors work that furthers traditional Alaska Native language or culture.

• The Business Leadership Award recognizes a business whose “fiscal generosity and participation has made a substantial impact on the arts in Alaska; a business that has used the arts to propel its success; programs that engage employees with creativity and other community activities that support arts and business partnerships; a business dedicated to promoting the arts through administrative and professional efforts,” according to the award listing.

• The Individual Artist award is based on artistic leadership, distinction and merit; artistic contributions through previous honors and awards, reviews or articles; and the length of impact to the community or state.

In addition to the governor’s office, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, Alaska Humanities Forum, and the Alaska State Council on the Arts are partners in the award process.

Nominations by the public can be made online at www.akgovawards through Aug 15, and it would be terrific to have nominees from this area in every category, as there are many who are deserving.