Awards highlight support for local arts and culture organizations
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts named thirteen Arizona House Democrats Legislative Arts Heroes for the work they did to support arts and culture in Arizona in 2012.
House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 14), was among the House Democrats who earned the award.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts,” Campbell said. “The arts are a vital part of our communities and I’m proud to work with so many legislators who recognize that and are committed to promoting the arts in Arizona.”
The legislators were chosen “for working on behalf of arts and cultural organizations and arts education programs and administrators across the state,” Catherine “Rusty” Foley, executive director of Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts said. “The support these elected officials have demonstrated for the Arizona Commission on the Arts is making a critical contribution to the survival and sustainability of the arts and culture in Arizona during a very difficult time for us all.”
Specifically, the legislators were instrumental in supporting the Arizona Commission on the Arts through a “sunset review” process, a mandated review that all state agencies must undergo at least once every 10 years. As a result of their efforts, the Arizona Legislature overwhelming passed HB 2265 and reauthorized the Commission on the Arts for 10 years. Gov. Jan Brewer later signed the legislation into law.
The Commission also sustained severe cuts in its funding over the past three years, Foley said. This year, legislators restored a partial sweep of funds from the Arizona Arts Trust, which increased funding for the Arts Commission by about $115,000.
House Minority Whip Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson (District 13), was also recognized for her contributions.
“I’m so thankful for the work Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts does to support creativity in Arizona,” Tovar said. “This award means a lot to me and I look forward to finding more opportunities to support the shared mission of these organizations.”
House Democrats named Legislative Arts Heroes are:
• Lela Alston, D-Phoenix (District 15)
• Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 14)
• Steve Farley, D-Tucson (District 28)
• Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix (District 16)
• Albert Hale, D-St. Michaels (District 2)
• Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix (District 15)
• Debbie McCune Davis, D-Phoenix (District 14)
• Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley (District 11)
• Catherine Miranda, D-Phoenix (District 16)
• Lynne Pancrazi, D-Yuma (District 24)
• Macario Saldate, D-Tucson (District 27)
• Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson (District 13)
• Bruce Wheeler, D-Tucson (District 28)
“Ensuring that the arts continue to get funding in our state is so important,” Rep. Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix (District 15) said. “Our communities benefit tremendously from the work of Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts and I am proud to support that work at the Capitol.”
For more information about Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts visit www.azcitizensforthearts.org.