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Governor Schwarzenegger Receives 2009 "Public Leadership in the Arts" Award
Americans for the Arts recognizes the Governor's championing of arts education in the state

Published: 01-20-2009

Governor Schwarzenegger was presented the 2009 Public Leadership in the Arts Award on Monday, January 19, 2009, by Americans for the Arts for his support of arts education and his initiating in 2006 over $100 million in ongoing funding for theater, music, dance and visual arts education in K-12 schools. The award ceremony took place as part of The United States Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., the day before the Presidential inauguration.

"We are proud of the Governor's commitment to arts in education and the funding for the restoration of the visual and performing arts as core subjects for our children," said Muriel Johnson, Director of the California Arts Council. "Creativity, imagination, and positive self-esteem -- all elements and benefits of the arts -- are essential for California."

Other Public Leadership in the Arts awards were presented to Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, actress and activist Kerry Washington, and actor and activist Hill Harper. The awards honor elected officials and artists or arts organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts, and have been given annually by Americans for the Arts and The United States Conference of Mayors since 1997.

"Mayor Nickels' and Governor Schwarzenegger'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," said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, in a press statement. "Their leadership in the arts should be an inspiration to all those serving in public office."

More details on the award and a list of past recipients may be found on the Americans for the Arts website.

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