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Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Utah Arts & Museums have announced the recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards.

“These outstanding honorees have enriched the lives of Utahns through their leadership, dedication, and support of the arts,” Herbert said. “They’ve made significant contributions to our children’s education and the state’s economy and demonstrate how the arts can inspire us and elevate our lives.”

This year’s recipients of the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards are:

  • Organization: Southern Utah University
  • Education: Noemi Veronica Hernandez-Balcazar, District Arts Coordinator for Dance and Visual Arts in Granite School District
  • Local Arts Agency: Murray City Cultural Arts, under the leadership of Mary Ann Kirk
  • Individual: Emma Dugal, Bountiful Davis Art Center Director

The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recipients were announced at a luncheon during the Mountain West Arts Conference on May 4, 2017, at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City. The awards were presented along with a short video and speech for each winner.

“I know I am a little idealistic, but I believe with all of my heart that the creative process has the ability to change and heal the world,” Dugal said during her speech.

Read more about the winners as well as links to their videos.