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Ricky Arriola Joins Committee on the Arts and Humanities
November 10, 2009, 6:42 pm
Filed under: Awards and Recognition

In a move that solidifies Miami’s place as one of the nation’s most dynamic and culturally-important cities, President Barack Obama has handpicked Performing Arts Center Trust chair Ricky Arriola to serve on his Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

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Ricky Arriola

The 26-person Committee – regarded as the nation’s preeminent body focused on arts and humanities education, cultural diplomacy, and economic revitalization through the arts and humanities – serves as a liaison between The White House and federal cultural agencies, as well as civic, corporate, foundation, and private funders that seek to further the nation’s investment in the arts and humanities. 

Other appointees include actors Sarah Jessica Parker, Forrest Whitaker, Alfre Woodard and Edward Norton, musician Yo Yo Ma, fashion luminary Anna Wintour, and philanthropist Teresa Heinz. First Lady Michelle Obama serves as the Committee’s Honorary Chair. Mr. Arriola is the only appointee from Florida. 

“I am confident that these talented individuals will be valued additions to our administration and will offer wise counsel in their respective roles,” said President Obama. “I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.” 

As chair of Miami’s Performing Arts Center Trust, Arriola has been a driving force in the Adrienne Arsht Center’s emergence as one of the nation’s leading performing arts organizations. Today, the Center serves as a model public-private partnership, having balanced its budget for the second-consecutive year, paid off its last remaining bank debt seven years early, and elevated its role as a catalyst for economic development in Miami’s urban core.

“Ricky Arriola is one of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s most valuable assets,” said M. John Richard, President and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “As chairman of our board, Ricky has demonstrated an innate ability to at once set a clear vision for our organization while rolling up his sleeves and making a direct impact on Miami’s cultural community. I have no doubt that Ricky will apply the same degrees of leadership and passion as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.”

The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities has served every president since 1982. Achievements include the origination of the Presidential Medals in the arts and humanities; groundbreaking cultural delegations to China and Mexico; and the creation of signature programs, such as “Save America’s Treasures” and the “Coming Up Taller” awards, which recognize exemplary after school arts and humanities programs for the nation’s youth.

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