Friday, March 5, 2010

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Washington, DC — March 5, 2010 — Americans for the Arts announced today the recipients of ten full scholarships, including travel and lodging, to the 2010 Americans for the Arts Half-Century Summit and Annual Convention in Baltimore, MD, from June 25–27. These scholarships provide an opportunity for emerging leaders and those working in underserved communities to network with peers, gain professional development at workshops, and bring new ideas and skills back to the communities they serve.

Americans for the Arts annual convention is the largest gathering in the nation of arts leaders and their partners in creative business, education, and government. The 2010 Americans for the Arts Half-Century Summit will celebrate the accomplishments and advances of the arts during the last 50 years and bring together leaders from across the country to strengthen their knowledge of key issues, network with peers, and identify strategic actions that will secure a critical role for the arts in our nation’s future.

The full convention scholarships were awarded on a competitive basis and presented to emerging leaders and arts leaders working in underserved communities. This year’s full convention scholarship winners are:

Underserved Communities Scholarships

Karen Bubb
Boise City Department of Arts & History
Boise, ID
Nicole Fullard
Charles City Arts Center
Charles City, IA
Kirsten Kilchenstein
Portland, OR
Gail Parsons
Junction City Arts Council
Junction City, KS

Emerging Leader Scholarships

Heidi Baldt Matthews
Gateway to the Arts
Pittsburgh, PA
Leigh Fagin
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
Chicago, IL
Erin Graham
NW Business Committee for the Arts
Portland, OR

Kim Poam Logan
Metro Arts Alliance of Greater Des Moines
Des Moines, IA
Marisol Lopez
City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department
El Paso, TX

Alex Nelson
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Phoenix, AZ

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Visit us online at