For immediate release
April 13, 2011
2011 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards Announced
Scott Anderson, Newell Dayley, the Utah Shakespeare Festival,
and the city of Kanab to be honored
Governor Gary R. Herbert and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums have announced the recipients of the 2011 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards.
· Scott Anderson, Individual Leadership in the Arts
· Kanab, Community Leadership in the Arts
· Newell Dayley, Education Leadership in the Arts
· Utah Shakespeare Festival, Organization Leadership in the Arts
“I am pleased to congratulate this year’s recipients of the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards: Scott Anderson, Newell Dayley, the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Kanab City,” said Governor Herbert. “Through their support of the arts, they have enriched the lives of Utahns with their inspired leadership, dedication and passion. They have contributed to our children’s education, the economy of the state, and to the livability of our communities.”
The 2011 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awardees will be honored at a luncheon during the annual Mountain West Arts Conference, May 5, 2011 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City. Reservations for the luncheon and registration for the conference are available online at www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov,
“The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards celebrate extraordinary accomplishments,” said Utah Division of Arts & Museums Director Margaret Hunt. “We are fortunate to have such innovative and visionary individuals and organizations in Utah and we are proud to acknowledge their contributions to our state and our communities.”
Scott Anderson, President and CEO of Zions Bank and recipient of the Governor’s Individual Leadership in the Arts Award, is a lifelong supporter of the arts. He has encouraged the exhibition of local art work in Zions Bank branch offices, served on the Salt Lake County Zoos Arts and Parks Advisory Board and supported the Sundance Film Festival. Under his leadership, Zions Bank has made numerous contributions toward arts facilities and sponsorship of arts events including an annual visual arts reception and exhibition. Scott’s continued commitment to the arts has benefited many artists and arts organizations in Utah.
Newell Dayley, Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Utah Valley University and recipient of the Governor’s Education Leadership in the Arts Award, is a musician, composer, teacher, advocate and administrator. His lifelong dedication to arts education has influenced generations of peers, students and colleagues. He has played trumpet with many organizations, including the Utah Symphony, Ballet West Orchestra and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and he introduced a recent composition at Carnegie Hall. His leadership has brought about positive change and new financial resources that benefit arts education.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival, recipient of the Governor’s Organizational Leadership in the Arts Award, has raised the visibility of the arts in Utah through 50 years of recognized artistic excellence. Each year the Utah Shakespeare Festival attracts 150,000 audience members from all 50 states and several foreign countries, and actively encourages schools to study and perform Shakespeare’s plays through curriculum development and the sponsorship of competitions. In 2000, the Utah Shakespeare Festival received the Tony Award for America’s Outstanding Regional Theatre.
Kanab, recipient of the Governor’s Community Leadership in the Arts Award, has emerged as a key arts and entertainment center for the residents of Kanab and Southwestern Utah. Nicknamed “Little Hollywood” because of the many films produced in the area, Kanab supports many artistic organizations and activities including the Kanab Arts Council, a Healing Arts Exhibit at the Kane County Hospital, the Southwest Utah Documentary Film Festival and the Center for Education, Business and the Arts (CEBA), which seek to harness regional resources to build better communities.
For more information visit the Division of Arts & Museums website at www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov or contact Wendi Hassan at firstname.lastname@example.org, 801.860.6396.
About the Utah Division of Arts & Museums
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Community and Culture with a goal to promote innovation in and the growth of Utah’s arts and culture community. The Division provides funding, education, and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand, and receive the benefits of arts and culture. Additional information on the programs and services can be found at www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling 801.236.7555.