Cardenas and Contreras named Legislative Arts Heroes
by Arizona Citizens for the Arts
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Arizona Citizens for the Arts is recognizing Rep. Mark Cardenas, D-Phoenix (District 19), and Rep. Lupe Contreras, D-Avondale (District 19), as Legislative Arts Heroes for their work to get state funding for the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
They were proponents of an amendment to the Arizona State Budget that provided a one-time allocation of $1 million to the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which restored some of the money the organization lost during the state’s budget crisis. The commission supports a statewide arts network and has faced severe cuts over the past few years.
“We know that when we support arts and culture, we are creating public value in Arizona,” Contreras said. “Art encourages community resiliency, which leads to stronger neighborhoods and contributes to economic development.”
“A thriving arts sector is an indicator of a high quality of life, which is beneficial in attracting new businesses to our area. When we invest in art, we invest in the future,” Cardenas said.
Each year, Arizona Citizens for the Arts honors legislators who support arts and culture in Arizona. Cardenas and Contreras will accept awards for their commitment to the arts on Friday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. during the opening reception for the 2013 Gallery 37 Students Project at the Tolleson City Hall, 955 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson, AZ 85353.
For more than 30 years Arizona Citizens for the Arts, a charitable nonprofit, has promoted the importance of arts and culture in the state. For more information about Arizona Citizens for the Arts, visit www.azcitizensforthearts.org. For more information about the Arizona Commission on the Arts, go to www.azarts.gov.