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City of Goodyear, Arizona

Communications Office


For Immediate Release: July 18, 2011

Contact:  Nora Fascenelli, PIO and Media Relations, City of Goodyear

Direct 623-882-7061, Cell 623-695-0846



Capitalizing on Arizona's Arts & Culture



GOODYEAR, 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.


Panel 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" this fall.


Arizona Town Hall is a nonprofit civic organization created in 1962 to identify, discuss and solve critical policy issues facing Arizona.







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