Montgomery County Receives Top Honor For Public Leadership in the Arts

The Board of County Commissioners for Montgomery County is proud to announce that it has received the “2012 National Public Leadership in the Arts Award” from Americans for the Arts.

The National Public Leadership in the Arts Awards are given in recognition of an elected official or artist who plays an important role in the advancement of the arts and arts education within his or her community and whose vision and leadership provide heightened visibility to the value of the arts.  Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.

“Montgomery County has long recognized the importance of arts and culture, not only for the quality of life for our citizens, but for the impact these activities have in attracting and retaining businesses and jobs,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman.  “To be recognized with the National Award for Public Leadership in the Arts is truly an honor and a testament to our continued financial support of our major arts organizations and hundreds of individuals that have brought increased value to our community through assistance from the Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District.”

“The Board of County Commissioners in Montgomery County are dedicated leaders with an exemplary record of supporting the arts,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Their continued efforts to support the arts are a testament to their understanding of the value the arts bring to communities.”

The award was presented to Commissioner Lieberman at the 2012 National Association of Counties (NACo) 77th Annual Conference and Exposition on July 16, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District (MCACD) supports, nurtures, and encourages the development and preservation of arts and culture in Montgomery County with primary funding from the Montgomery County Commission.  The MCACD is a special purpose unit of government created under Ohio Law to provide support to arts and cultural organizations within Montgomery County, Ohio. The District allocates $500,000 annually to support the arts and cultural heritage of Montgomery County.

18 major institutions, organizations and performing arts groups receive MCACD funding to support visual arts, ballet, opera, theatre, museums, performing arts, folk arts, dance, symphony, public radio, television, arts education, and historic preservation.  MCACD has awarded approximately $24 million to arts and cultural organizations and individual artists over the last 20 years.

To learn more about the MCACD, visit www.mcohio.org/services and click on the Arts & Cultural District link under Entertainment.
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