Dalessandro named Legislative Arts Hero
by Arizona Citizens for the Arts
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Arizona Citizens for the Arts recently recognized Rep. Andrea Dalessandro, D-Sahuarita (District 2), as a Legislative Arts Hero for her work to get state funding for the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
She was a proponent 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 funding cuts over the past few years.
“Art strengthens our communities. It helps to enhance development and renewal; it can entice new businesses to an area and attract tourism,” Dalessandro said. “We rely on the arts for inspiration and to create bridges between cultures. Investing in art is a safe bet, and I will continue to find more opportunities to bring arts into our neighborhoods.”
Each year, Arizona Citizens for the Arts honors legislators who support arts and culture in Arizona. Dalessandro will accept the award for her commitment to the arts on Friday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at a performance of “A Time to Dance” at the Tubac Center of the Arts, located at 9 Plaza Road in Tubac. 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.