awards for arts achievement
Public Leadership in the Arts Awards
Governors Arts Leadership Honoree
|Recipient:||Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM)|
In his term-limited eight years in office, Gov. Bill Richardson proved to be a strong supporter of the arts, arts education, and arts-based economic development. He supported and signed the Fine Arts Education Act, which provides arts education for elementary school children in New Mexico and established a state Music Commission to promote New Mexico musicians and music.
He supported the development of the New Mexico History Museum, and awarded the University of New Mexico $3 million to create the "Art, Research, Technology and Science Laboratory" (ARTS Lab) to support the state's efforts in the burgeoning digital media industry.
In addition, Gov. Richardson elevated the Office of Cultural Affairs to a cabinet-level agency of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and supported a new program to create arts and cultural districts across New Mexico to boost local communities and arts-based economic development and cultural tourism efforts.
“As a devoted supporter of the arts—in all forms—I am honored by this recognition,” said Gov. Richardson. “I've always been guided by the belief that artistic endeavors not only enrich our quality of life, but also serve as important economic drivers”