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Thursday, April 11, 2013

NEWS: 2013 Governor´s Leadership in the Arts Awards Announced

2013 Governor´s Leadership in the Arts Awards Announced
Wally Bloss, Kim Schaefer, Patricia Richards, and Gunnison City to be honored

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert and Utah Arts & Museums have announced the recipients of the 2013 Governor´s Leadership in the Arts Awards:

·  Patricia A. Richards, Utah Symphony|Utah Opera, Volunteer Leadership in the Arts Award
·  Gunnison City, Mayor Lori Nay, Community Leadership in the Arts Award
·  Kim Schaefer, Vice Principal, Whitehorse High School, Education Leadership in the Arts Award
·  Wally Bloss, Executive Director, Cache Valley Center for the Arts, Individual Leadership in the Arts Award

"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 Governor´s Leadership in the Arts Awards recipients are honored at a luncheon during the Mountain West Arts Conference, May 2, 2013, at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City. Luncheon reservations and conference registrations can be made online at artsandmuseums.utah.gov.

"Over the past 33 years, the Governor has honored more than 150 outstanding individuals, organizations and communities for their leadership in the arts," said Utah Arts & Museums Acting Director Lynnette Hiskey. "It is our good fortune to live in such a vibrant and creative state, and we are excited to celebrate the contributions of this year´s awardees."

Wally Bloss has built a strong network of arts advocates in Cache Valley through a quarterly arts summit that brings local arts organizations and artists together to learn and share success stories and planning strategies. In 2012, they organized to reauthorize a local option tax supporting arts and recreation.

Gunnison City (Mayor Lori Nay) is a small community that has turned potential challenges into opportunities for civic engagement and sources of community pride. The city has supported several successful and well-loved public art projects in collaboration with the Casino Star Theatre Foundation.

Kim Schaefer has empowered teachers, administrators, students and their families to celebrate their rich artistic roots and further explore the creative process in new ways. Her amazing leadership skills were well demonstrated while she served as District Arts Coordinator for San Juan School District.

Patricia Richards has been a respected business leader in the banking industry over the past 30 years. She has spent hundreds of hours in volunteer service, particularly for Utah Symphony|Utah Opera, where she provides outstanding leadership on the board and helped navigate the organization through the turbulent years of the great recession.

Requests for interviews with awardees 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 Heritage and Arts 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 artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling 801.236.7555.

Alyssa Hickman Grove
Constituent Relations & Media
617 E. South Temple, SLC, UT 84102
Phone: 801.236.7548

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