Charlotte – Americans for the Arts (AFTA), the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, announced the recipients of the 2014 Americans for the Arts Annual Local Arts Leadership Awards.
Arts & Science Council (ASC) President Robert Bush will be honored by the Americans for the Arts with the Selina Roberts Ottum Award. Presented each year, these awards recognize the achievements of individuals, organizations or programs committed to enriching their communities through the arts.
Presented jointly by Americans for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Selina Roberts Ottum Award has recognized outstanding contributions in the local arts agency field. For 14 years, Robert Bush has served in chief strategic and executive officer roles for ASC. He previously served as president and CEO of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County and Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne, IN; as director of development with the Mint Museum of Art; and as executive director of the Catawba County Council for the Arts. A past president of the Arts North Carolina, he is a former member of both the Governing and National Policy Boards of Americans for the Arts, and the Boards of Directors of Community Building Initiative, the Urban League of Central Carolinas, Indiana Assembly of Local Arts Agencies, Partners in Out-of-School Time, and The NAMES Project (the AIDS Memorial Quilt), where he served as board chair.
This is the third time in the 25 year history of the Ottum Award that an ASC President has been recognized for leadership in the local arts agency field. Prior recipients include Michael Marsicano (1997) and Harriet Sanford (2002).
“Our Local Arts Leadership Awards honorees have distinguished themselves as leaders in innovation, education, management and advocacy for the arts in communities across the country. They are driven by both a passion for their work and a deep belief in the power of the arts to transform individual lives and communities,” said Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “We want to ensure we recognize their priceless contributions toward strengthening the arts in America.”
Honorees will be presented their awards at the upcoming Americans for the Arts 2014 Annual Convention during the Opening Plenary session, Friday, June 13, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Presentations will be live streamed online at http://convention.artsusa.org.
Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.
Founded in 1958, the Arts & Science Council (ASC) is the lead advocate, grant maker, fundraiser and planner for Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s cultural sector.