Foley was named executive director at Arizona Citizens for the Arts in July 2011 after serving on the board of directors beginning in 2003 and as chair. As an arts advocate, she also has served as a board member of Arizona Theatre Company, Childsplay and the Phoenix Art Museum Corporate Council. She was the Phoenix Arts and Business Council’s 2007 Arts Board Member of the Year, received Phoenix Theatre’s “Women Who Care” award and was the Arizona Capitol Times 2012 Leader in Public Policy for Arts and Humanities. Recently, she received the Raymond G. Van Diest Music Advocacy Award from the Arizona Music Educators Association. She also is a member of the Americans for the Arts State Arts Advocacy Network (SAAN) and served two terms on the SAAN Council.
Booker, an artist and arts administrator, came to Arizona following the retirement of Shelley Cohn, for whom the award is named and who served for nearly 30 years as the Commission’s executive director. Booker had been Executive Director at the Minnesota State Arts Board from 1997 to 2005 after serving in several other positions. In Arizona, he served as a Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture commissioner; co-chaired the Arts and Culture Committee of the Arizona Mexico Commission; served on the board and chaired Grantmakers in the Arts; was a trustee at WESTAF from 2007-2013 and on the board of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. His artwork has been exhibited in several states and is held in collections in Minnesota, Colorado, Canada, California and Arizona.
We want to acknowledge ALL of the 2020 nominees, who are wonderful individuals and organizations that do so much for arts and culture in Arizona and deserve to be recognized for their talent, innovation and immense efforts.
Throughout the month of February nominees, sponsors and guests gathered at receptions across the state of Arizona in Yuma, Phoenix, Tucson, Prescott, and Winslow to celebrate this year’s nominees and announce finalists in each category as well as the Philanthropy Honorees. The celebrations consisted of a cocktail hour, live entertainment and a semi-formal program.
Jose Dorame, Yuma
Lucy Wong, Gilbert
Such & Champ Styles, Tempe
Victor Navarro, Tucson
Quiahuitl Villegas, Tucson
Bob Cooper, Phoenix
Tania Katan, Phoenix
Chris Hamby, Peoria
Yuma Art Center, Yuma
Border Arts Corridor, Douglas
Littlewood Fine Art and Community Co-op, Yuma
Andre Licardi, The Peoria Arts Commission, Glendale
Lead Guitar, Tucson
Sonoran Glass School, Tucson
Rising Youth Theatre, Phoenix
Scottsdale Arts, Scottsdale
Sounds Academy, Phoenix
Phoenix Center for the Arts, Phoenix
Yuma Orchestra Association
Rolls and Bowls, San Luis
Jarrod's Coffee, Tea & Gallery, Mesa
Partridge & Associates CPAs, PLC, Scottsdale
ON Media, Phoenix/Tucson
Chuck and Laurie Goldstein, Paradise Valley
McKivergan Foundation, Yuma
Victor Navarro, Tucson
Jon & Liney Jessen, Yuma
Allan Affeldt, Winslow
Dorothy Lincoln Smith, Paradise Valley