Originally Published: July 12, 2018 5:55 a.m.
The Citizens for the Arts organization has recognized legislators and staff as supporters of funding to the Arizona Commission on the Arts, including Sen. Karen Fann, Dist. 1.
Twenty-four members of the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives and staff members earned a place as 2018 Legislative Arts Champions for their bipartisan support for public funding for the arts. Their support was critical during recent state budget negotiations to securing a $2 million allocation from the state’s Rainy Day Fund for the Arizona Commission on the Arts’ work to support, enhance and help create diverse arts and culture programs statewide.
The allocation for Fiscal Year 2019 is a $500,000 increase over what was allocated in FY2018.
“The support from these legislators and their staff was vital in securing the appropriation that will create, expand and ensure statewide opportunities for members of every community to engage in the arts,” said Arizona Citizens for the Arts Executive Director Catherine “Rusty” Foley. “Together, with arts advocates from every corner of the state, the collective message was clear that the arts are an economic driver, enhance education for our children and contribute to community vitality and health.”
Six Democrats, 16 Republicans and two staff members from the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives were chosen “for their bipartisan and collaborative efforts,” Foley said. Each Legislative Arts Champion will receive be recognized at a reception following the June 27 annual meeting of Arizona Citizens for the Arts at the Phoenix Children’s Museum, 215 N. 7th St. in Phoenix.
In addition to Fann, members of the Arizona Senate receiving awards are: Kate Brophy McGee (R-District 28), Phoenix; Kimberly Yee (R-District 20) Phoenix; Bob Worsley (R-District 25), Mesa; Steve Yarbrough (R-District 17), Chandler; Martin Quezada (D-District 29), Phoenix; Sean Bowie (D-District 18), Chandler.
Members of the House of Representatives receiving awards are: John Allen (R-District 15), Scottsdale; Lela Alston (D-District 24), Phoenix; Paul Boyer (R-District 20), Phoenix; Heather Carter (R-District 15), Cave Creek; Cesar Chavez (D-District 29), Phoenix; Ken Clark (D-District 24), Phoenix; Regina Cobb (R-District 5), Kingman; David Cook (R-District 8), Globe; Drew John (R-District 14), Safford; Jay Lawrence (R-District 23), Scottsdale; J.D. Mesnard (R-District 17), Chandler; Jill Norgaard (R-District 18), Phoenix; Rebecca Rios (D-District 27), South Phoenix; Thomas Shope (R-District 8), Coolidge; Bob Thorpe (R-District 6), Flagstaff.
Staff members receiving awards are: Amilyn Pierce, Deputy Chief of Staff to Speaker of the House J.D. Mesnard and Melissa Taylor, Deputy Chief of Staff to Senate President Steve Yarbrough.
For more information, visit www.azcitizensforthearts.org.
Information submitted by Arizona Citizens for the Arts.