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Gov. Snyder recognized for commitment to arts

ArtServe Michigan – the state’s leading statewide arts and cultural advocacy organization – was proud to nominate Gov. Rick Snyder for a prestigious award for his leadership in ensuring that strong foundations of art and culture are key drivers of Michigan’s economic comeback.

Snyder was presented with the 2014 Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Arts Leadership today in Washington, D.C. The recognition was bestowed on behalf of Americans for the Arts and the United States Conference of Mayors, during the 82nd winter meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors.

Snyder was nominated for the recognition by Jennifer Goulet, president and CEO of ArtServe Michigan.

“Gov. Synder has demonstrated his strong commitment to the strategic role that the arts, culture and creativity play in Michigan’s reinvention – cultivating vibrant communities that attract talent and business investment, contributing jobs and economic activity, and making our cities and towns great places to live and explore,” said Goulet, who presented Snyder with the award during the ceremony.
According to Americans for the Arts and the United States Conference of Mayors, Snyder was selected due to his understanding of the “critical importance of arts, culture and creativity in creating vibrant communities and places, helping to attract talent, business and making Michigan cities and towns great places to live and explore.”

The organizations added that under Snyder’s leadership, state funding for the arts and culture increased from 2.56 million in fiscal year 2012 to $8.15 million in the current fiscal year.

“Art and culture are vital to Michigan’s reinvention,” Snyder said. “They nourish us as individuals, unite us as communities and strengthen us by attracting new talent to our state. Michigan’s economic success goes hand in hand with the creative energy that thrives in every corner of the state. Whether it’s encouraging neighborhood revitalization, providing communities with identities that are unique and exciting, or attracting investments from entrepreneurs, the creative sector will continue to help lead the way in shaping Michigan’s unparalleled quality of life.”

ArtServe Michigan is a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to cultivating the creative potential of Michigan’s arts and cultural sector and creative industries to enhance the public health and well-being of Michigan, its people and communities. ArtServe advocates for arts, culture, arts education and the power of the creative economy in Michigan; provides leadership and professional development for artists, creative practitioners, and arts and cultural organizations; and connects arts and cultural leaders and supporters through strategic communications. Contact ArtServe Michigan at 248-912-0760 or visit ArtServeMichigan.org.