Carbondale wins 2012 Governor’s Arts Award |

Carbondale wins 2012 Governor’s Arts Award

DENVER – Gov. Hickenlooper announced Monday that Carbondale and Lafayette will receive the 2012 Governor’s Arts Award by Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

The annual Governor’s Arts Award recognizes a Colorado town or city for its efforts to enhance their community and their economy through strategic use of the arts.

Carbondale Mayor Stacey Patch Bernot and Lafayette Mayor Carolyn Cutler will be presented with the awards, original oil paintings by artist John Lintott of Fruita, at the Creative Industries Summit to be held April 13 in Breckenridge.

“Extremely honored only begins to describe our reaction to being named a recipient of the 2012 Governor’s Art Award,” said Mayor Bernot. “Art and creativity are attributes that have been interwoven into the fiber of Carbondale for generations.

“Our community prides itself on our ability to appreciate, teach and engage in arts and creativity in a multitude of ways. Whether viewed through the beauty of our public art program, our cultural centers and businesses, or witnessed by the creative spark that is ignited in the minds of our youth through our programs, Carbondale values art and creative expression. We are grateful and proud to be this year’s award recipient,” Bernot said.

Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, annually convenes a panel to review nominations. In selecting Carbondale and Lafayette as the recipients, the review panel cited each city’s detailed plans for making the arts central to economic and community development.

Review panel members included Marianne Virgili, president and CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.

The panel recognized both towns’ commitment to public art and their efforts to support and promote their artists and creative entrepreneurs.

The other nominated cities were Aspen, Durango, Greeley, Lone Tree, Louisville, Mancos, Parker and Westminster.

“The communities being honored by this award have each made a major commitment to the arts and creativity,” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “They have invested in arts centers and downtown arts districts. They have made sure their young people continue to have access to the arts in school, and they have encouraged their citizens and their businesses to support local artists and arts organizations. I offer them each my hearty congratulations for their work to promote and grow Colorado as a premier creative hub.”

The Colorado Creative Industries division of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade combines state funds with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs, and enhance our quality of life.

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