Governor Quinn receives Public Leadership in the Arts Award

Today Governor Pat Quinn received the Americans for the Arts Public Leadership in the Arts Award at the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayor in Washington, DC.

Governor Quinn receives Public Leaders in the Arts Award

Arts Alliance Illinois was pleased to nominate the governor for this award because of his strong and growing support for the arts and creative industries in Illinois. In the last year alone, he has:

  • Championed the passage of the Live Theatre Production Tax Credit Act, a measure that allows the state to further develop Illinois as a leader in theatrical tourism
  • Supported the development of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios with state resources, making Illinois an even more attractive film destination
  • Included cultural projects in the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program, including a new performing arts center at Western Illinois University that will create 400 jobs

While we have a lot to celebrate, we still have work to do to fully fund the arts and arts education in Illinois. 2012 will undoubtedly be another difficult budget year in Illinois. Despite an income tax increase, the state is facing a deficit of more than $500 million this year alone. In a few short weeks, Governor Quinn will unveil his proposed budget plan for FY2013.

Please take a moment to congratulate Governor Pat Quinn on his well-deserved Public Leadership in the Arts Award and urge him to do all he can to restore our state’s investment in the arts in the FY2013 budget.

Here's what arts leaders across the state are saying about the governor's award:

In the theater business, we seek applause. Now it's our turn to applaud Governor Quinn for his tireless support of the arts in Illinois. Broadway In Chicago salutes Governor Quinn for having the courage and foresight to champion the passage of the Live Theatre Production Tax Credit Act for Illinois. Illinois is fortunate to have a governor that has a keen understanding of the value of the cultural fabric woven in Illinois. Even in these tough economic times, or rather because of them, Governor Quinn has embraced the fact that theater is uniquely positioned not only to support the residents of our great state but also to serve as a major tourism attraction and economic engine. - Lou Raizin, President, Broadway In Chicago

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has witnessed -- and benefited -- firsthand from Governor Quinn’s championing of the arts, and we are grateful for his ongoing support and dedication to this mission. A perfect example took place this past spring, when, after participating in the launch of the CSO’s Citizen Musician movement in January, Governor Quinn declared May 15, 2011 to be Citizen Musician Day in Illinois, further affirming his belief in our initiative that live music and the arts are essential to all. Governor Quinn is a most deserving candidate for this award. - Deborah F. Rutter, President, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

We at Black Ensemble Theatre are all giving Governor Quinn a standing ovation. Our governor is a highly intelligent man who understands the significant economic and cultural impact that the arts play in sustaining our great state! His commitment is to be commended during these very difficult economic times. Thank goodness our governor is a courageous man who is willing to stand strong on his beliefs. We applaud his tenacity and congratulate him for this significant recognition; he deserves to be honored. - Jackie Taylor, President & CEO, Black Ensemble Theatre Cultural Center

Governor Quinn has exemplified the importance of Illinois' cultural sector with strong advocacy and a clear vision. His unfaltering support of the Illinois Arts Council, even in these dire economic times, and his successful strengthening of our film industry and our fine arts programmers reinforces the high value that these organizations generate for our citizens and our employers. Illinois has an incredible reservoir of world class cultural offerings and it is thanks to the efforts of Governor Quinn that our arts partnerships serve as vital refueling station for our state. - Doug Johnson, Executive Director, McLean County Arts Center