NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu was named a recipient of the 2013 Public Leadership in the Arts Award by Americans for the Arts, the country’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, and The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM).
The award honors elected officials and artists who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts. Recipients will receive the honor on Friday, January 18 at The United States Conference of Mayors’ 81st annual winter meeting in Washington, D.C.
Americans for the Arts and USCM have given out the awards annually since 1997.
"New Orleans leads the way for culture, music and arts and all aspects of the cultural economy, which employs 78,000 people throughout the city," Mayor Landrieu said. "One of my top priorities as mayor is to promote, support and enhance all of those things that make our city one of the best and most unique places in the world to live and visit.”
Mayor Landrieu has had arts and culture at the center of his platforms for office for the past 24 years. In 2012, he hosted the World Cultural Economic Forum as an initiative of the City of New Orleans in partnership with USCM. Mayor Landrieu charged his office with creating the first Cultural Economy Report for the City of New Orleans. This groundbreaking report quantified the role/impact of culture on the city’s economy and workforce. When elected Mayor of New Orleans in 2010, he created the City’s first Office of Cultural Economy, housing it within the Mayor’s Office, and he increased funding for Community Arts Grants for the first time in more than eight years. Mayor Landrieu coordinated efforts that made arts and culture part of his place-based planning, including provisions for cultural development in successful grants to HUD and the Department of Transportation.
Grammy Award-winning musicians John Legend and The Roots will receive the 2013 Citizen Artist Awards, Santa Fe Mayor David Cross will receive the 2013 Public Leadership in the Arts Award in the small city category, and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley will receive the 2013 Public Leadership in the Arts Award in the state category.
“John Legend and The Roots have been extraordinary advocates for the arts and arts education, showing that a quality arts education is the key to arming the workforce of the future with the skills they need to succeed: creativity and innovation,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Mayors Coss and Landrieu and Governor O’Malley have all demonstrated immense dedication to the development of arts programming within their respective communities and state. Their extraordinary leadership and commitment to cultural initiatives and advancement of the arts showcases the key role the arts play in spurring economic growth while simultaneously enhancing quality of life.”
Tom Cochran, USCM CEO and Executive Director, said, “Every year, the U.S. Conference of Mayors recognizes the efforts of those who believe as much as we do, that the arts are the heart of our society. Arts and culture help shape a city’s quality of life, but mayors also understand the connection between the arts and business and the arts’ impact on the local economy.”
To view a list of previous award winners, please visit: http://www.AmericansForTheArts.org/news/annual_awards/public_leadership/default.asp.