2016 Public Leadership in the Arts Award

Friday, January 22, 2016 -- Honorees Receive 2016 Public Leadership in the Arts Awards at The United Conference of Mayors’ Winter Meeting Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, and The United States Conference of Mayors today presented the 2016 Public Leadership in the Arts Awards to three elected officials and one artist at The United States Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting. The honorees have supported and promoted arts and culture in their communities. 

PUblic Leadership in the Arts Awards

Dr. Phillips Charities President, Ken Robinson joined a contingent in DC to celebrate this award with the mayor.

• Buddy Dyer, mayor of Orlando, Florida, received the National Award for Local Arts Leadership for cities with a population of 100,000 or more.

“Mayor Dyer’s leadership in the arts should be an inspiration to all those serving in public office,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. The winner's "unparalleled commitment to supporting arts and arts education programs exemplifies how investment in the arts translates into community growth, economic prosperity, and student achievement.”

“Every year, The U.S. Conference of Mayors recognizes the exemplary efforts of local leaders who believe as much as we do that the arts are the heart of our society,” remarked Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of The U.S. Conference of Mayors. “Arts and culture help shape a city’s quality of life, but mayors also understand the connection between the arts and business, and the arts’ significant impact on the local economy.”

A list of previous award winners is available on Americans for the Arts’ awards page.

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C., and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.

MEDIA CONTACT

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Americans for the Arts

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