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Thursday, April 26, 2012

2012 Governor's Leadership in the Arts Awards @ Utah Arts & Museums (Salt Lake City: May 3)

2012 Governor's Leadership in the Arts Awards Announced
Teri Orr, Chris Roberts, Artspace, and the City of Ogden to be honored

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert and Utah Arts & Museums have announced the recipients of the 2012 Governor's Leadership in the Arts Awards:
  • Teri Orr, Individual Leadership in the Arts
  • City of Ogden, Community Leadership in the Arts
  • Chris Roberts, Education Leadership in the Arts
  • Artspace, Organization Leadership in the Arts

I'm delighted to congratulate this year's recipients of the Governor's Leadership in the Arts Awards, said Governor Herbert. They have tirelessly championed the arts, enhancing the lives of Utahns with their visionary leadership and dedication. They have improved the education of our children, the economy of our state, and the livability of our communities.

The 2012 Governor's Leadership in the Arts Awards will be presented by Governor Herbert at a luncheon during the annual Mountain West Arts Conference on May 3, 2012, at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City. Reservations for the luncheon and registration for the conference are available online at artsandmuseums.utah.gov.

The Governor's Leadership in the Arts Awards honor outstanding achievements, said Utah Arts & Museums Director Margaret Hunt. It's our good fortune to have such innovative and visionary individuals and organizations in Utah, and we are excited to recognize their contributions to our communities.

Teri Orr has made Park City her home for the past 34 years and has been the director of the Park City Performing Arts Foundation for the past 18 years. Through her hard work and pioneering leadership, Teri has put Park City on the arts and culture map.

The City of Ogden, led by Mayor Mike Caldwell, nurtures a thriving community that serves as an arts junction ? a place where a diverse population unites to create and celebrate the best in human expression.

Chris Roberts has been an educator for 34 years. He?s gained a reputation across the state as a regular classroom teacher who does amazing arts activities with his students, and he inspires other teachers to do the same.

Artspace founder Stephen Goldsmith's dream of artists as city-builders laid the foundation for this groups mission of creating affordable live/work space for artists and nonprofits. Current executive director Jessica Norie carries on this vision of revitalizing communities.

Also at the luncheon, Governor Herbert will be announcing the new Utah Poet Laureate as outgoing Utah Poet Laureate Katharine Coles completes her five-year term. Initiated in 1997, the Poet Laureate is a Governor-appointed advocate for literature and the arts throughout the state. Coles is a professor of creative writing at the University of Utah who was recently honored with a Guggenheim fellowship.

Interview requests should be directed to Alyssa Hickman Grove, 801.236.7548, agrove@utah.gov. Registration is $95 for the full conference, including the Governor's Leadership in the Arts Awards luncheon, or $55 for the luncheon alone. Register online at artsandmuseums.utah.gov. Group and student rates are available. Educators can receive points toward Utah Educator?s License recertification. Table sponsorship opportunities are available; call Lynnette Hiskey at 801.236.7552 for details.

For more information, visit the Utah Arts & Museums Web site at artsandmuseums.utah.gov or phone 801.236.7555.

About Utah Arts & Museums
Utah 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.

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