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Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards go to SUU, Noemi Veronica Hernandez-Balcazar, Murray City Cultural Arts and Emma Dugal

The Utah Division of Arts and Museums announced the recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards at the Mountainwest Conference on the Arts this week.

This year, the annual awards recognize the contributions of Southern Utah University (Organization), Noemi Veronica Hernandez-Balcazar (Education), Murray City Cultural Arts (Local Arts Agency) and Emma Dugal (Individual.)

“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,” said Dugal, during her acceptance speech. An artist in her own right, Dugal has led the Bountiful/Daivs Art Center since 2007, a period which saw its installment at its new space at 90 N. Main, Bountiful.

Noemi Veronica Hernandez-Balcazar is an award-winning educator and artist and the District Arts Coordinator for Dance and Visual Arts in the Granite School District.

Murray City Cultural Arts and Mary Ann Kirk: The arts have thrived in Murray with Mary Ann Kirk at the helm of Murray City Cultural Arts since 1992.

The Governor’s award comes after a momentous year for Southern Utah University, which is best known as the host of the Utah Shakespeare Festival. In 2016, SUU cut ribbons on both the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts and the Southern Utah Museum of Art.

“These outstanding honorees have enriched the lives of Utahns through their leadership, dedication and support of the arts,” says Utah governor Gary Herbert. “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.”

Our congratulations to the recipients of this year’s awards.

 

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