Saylor Recognized for Promotion of the Arts in Pennsylvania
12/13/2016
HARRISBURG – Americans for the Arts and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) today announced they have presented the 2016 Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Arts Leadership to Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York) and the other three founding chairs of the Pennsylvania Legislative Arts and Culture Caucus.

The annual award was presented at the NCSL Fall Forum in Washington, D.C., and honors public officials who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts at the state level.

“The arts play an integral role in the social, educational and economic development of a state,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “We appreciate leaders like Rep. Saylor who are actively promoting and advocating for the arts on the state level.”

Saylor, the outgoing chairman of the House Education Committee and the incoming chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said exposure to the arts are a core portion of a young person’s education and development as a contributing member of society.

“As one who appreciates many different kinds of art, I understand how exposure to the arts – music, painting, drawing, and sculpture – can open a young person’s mind not just to the discipline and history of art itself, but to a larger understanding of the world around them,” Saylor said. “Art fosters the ability to create our own methods of effectively meeting goals placed before us.”

The three other founding chairs of the caucus are Sen. Patrick Browne (R-Lehigh), Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Rep. Tim Briggs (D-Montgomery).

In 2012, Costa, Browne, Briggs and Saylor organized the first special interest caucus dealing with arts and culture issues, and soon had the largest caucus in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

The Pennsylvania Legislative Arts and Culture Caucus recognizes and advances the state’s creative industries through press conferences to highlight arts and culture as an economic development tool; meetings on tax credit programs benefitting arts and culture, and creative aging; and educational outreach programs from museum, creative/cultural districts, and the humanities.

The caucus has also demonstrated support and suggested strategies to increase the line items in the General Fund budget for arts and culture. In 2014, the grants to the arts line item received a 5 percent increase—the first since 2007—and, for this fiscal year, the General Assembly level funded for grants to the arts at a time when they were cutting other line items and not increasing taxes.

Additional information is available at AmericansForTheArts.org.

Representative Stan Saylor
94th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Charles Lardner
717.260.6443
clardner@pahousegop.com
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