Mayor David Coss Honored with Prestigious National Public Leadership in the Arts Award

Editor | - January 17, 2013

The award honors elected officials and artists who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts

Americans for the Arts, America’s leading nonprofit organization for the advancement of arts and arts education, and The United States Conference of Mayors, today announced that Mayor David Coss will receive the 2013 Public Leadership in the Arts Award for a city with a population under 100,000.  The award honors elected officials and artists who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts. Mayor Coss will receive the honor on Friday, January 18 at The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 81st annual winter meeting in Washington, D.C.  Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans will receive an award for a city with a population over 100,000 and Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland for his leadership at the state level. Grammy Award-Winning Musicians John Legend and The Roots, will receive the 2013 Citizen Artist Awards. Americans for the Arts and The U.S. Conference of Mayors have given out the awards annually since 1997.

“Art and creativity in Santa Fe are woven deep into our culture and history. We have benefited from the brilliance of thousands of artists and innovators for more than four hundred years,” said Mayor Coss. “I am humbled to accept this award for leadership in the arts on behalf of my community and proud to share it with the residents Santa Fe.”

“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,” said U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran.

Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts said, “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.”

Mayor David Coss is actively committed to and engaged in supporting arts and culture in the Santa Fe. Under his leadership, the City invests $1.7 million annually in arts-related funding. Santa Fe’s creative industries generate $1.1 billion annually in economic activity. Santa Fe’s creative industries employ one out of every six workers.

From a City of Santa Fe media release