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April 1, 2013 / ivytechartspartner

Elected Officials and Artists Recognized for Their Contributions to the Arts: Honoring Public Arts Leaders Across the Country

For the past 15 years, Americans for the Arts has recognized elected officials and artists for the important roles they play in the advancement of the arts and arts education within their community. The award recipients have shown demonstrated leadership and proven results in advancing and supporting the arts across the country. The award winners listed below reflect awards presented during the second half of last year and the first quarter of 2013. To learn more about the accomplishments of the awardees and see a list of previous winners, visit Americans for the Arts’ Public Leadership Awards Page.

2013 Governor Arts Leadership Award
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley

2013 Mayor Arts Leadership Award
(population greater than 100,000)
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

2013 Mayor Arts Leadership Award
(population fewer than 100,000)
Sante Fe Mayor David Coss

2013 Citizen Artist Award
The Roots

2013 Citizen Artist Award
John Legend

2012 Congressional Arts Leadership Award
Pennsylvania Rep. Todd Platts

2012 Lt. Governor Arts Leadership Award
Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne

2012 State Legislator Arts Leadership Award
Florida State Senator Gwen Margolis

2012 County Arts Leadership Award
Montgomery County, Ohio

The Roots received the 2013 Citizen Artist Award in recognition of their advocacy work for arts education and support of the Save the Music Foundation. Band members Black Thought (Tariq Trotter), Owen Biddle, James “Kamal” Gray, Frank “Knuckles” Walker, Kirk “Captain Kirk” Douglas Damen “Tuba Gooding Jr.” Bryson, and James Poyser (not pictured: Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson) attend the 2013 Mayors Arts Breakfast, sponsored by Americans for the Arts and The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM). Pictured with The Roots are USCM President Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

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