ASPEN - Gov. John Hickenlooper has announced that the cities of Aspen and Pueblo are the recipients for the 2013 Governor's Arts Award. The cities will be honored April 12 at the closing luncheon of the second annual Creative Industries Summit in Pueblo.
"Congratulations to Aspen and Pueblo for their exceptional work in growing Colorado as a premier creative hub," Hickenlooper said in a statement. "These cities' commitment to investing in arts, creative industries and educating on the importance of the arts expands both cultures and our economies. We also want to thank the businesses and the entire communities of Aspen and Pueblo for supporting local artists and arts organizations."
Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland and Pueblo City Council President Steve Nawrocki will be presented with the awards, which are original, three-dimensional works by artist Michael Clapper, of Denver. The artworks will hang in public locations in the respective cities, and a third work by Clapper will become part of the state's public art collection.
"We're incredibly honored to be the recipient of this year's Governor's Art Award," said Debbie Braun, president of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association. "The diverse and vibrant artistic and cultural scene in Aspen is one of the many things that sets us apart from other ski towns, and being recognized with such an award only encourages us to expand our artistic offerings to continue providing incredible, world-class experiences for both locals and tourists. And it truly is a communitywide effort here; every artist, nonprofit and artistic organization in Aspen contributes to making this a special place to visit and live."
Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, annually convenes a panel to review nominations. In selecting Aspen and Pueblo as the recipients, the review panel commended Aspen for its long-term commitment to the arts and Pueblo for leveraging the arts to revitalize their community. The other nominated cities were Lone Tree, Broomfield and Colorado Springs.
For more information or to register for the Creative Industries Summit, visit www.coloradocreativeindustries.org.