For Immediate Release: July 18, 2011
Contact: Nora Fascenelli, PIO and Media Relations, City of Goodyear
Direct 623-882-7061, Cell
Arizona's Arts & Culture
ARIZ. (July 18, 2011) Goodyear was well-represented at the recent 98th
Arizona Town Hall, "Capitalizing on Arizona's Arts and Culture."
Councilmember Joanne Osborne, Public Art Specialist Dianne Cripe and Arts and
Culture Commissioner Norma Cunningham were among more than 100 attendees from
all corners of the state who attended the event in Tucson in May.
discussions featured Arizona?s rich cultural heritage, funding and support for
the arts, and how arts and culture intersect with the economy, education and
quality of life. Arizona is currently ranked 50th in state funding,
despite the fact that arts and culture have a $498 million annual impact on the
state?s economy. Vigorous debate yielded a 17-page report with sweeping
recommendations that include restoring funding to the Arizona Commission on the
Arts, which has funded substantial grants for Goodyear's cultural programs.
Better funding for arts education in schools and several grassroots efforts
were also suggested. Goodyear's Arts and Culture Commission received the report
last month, and will review details during the upcoming "advance"
Town Hall is a nonprofit civic organization created in 1962 to identify,
discuss and solve critical policy issues facing Arizona.