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Lt. Governor John Bohlinger Wins National Arts Award

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Contact: Sarah Elliott 444-9725

(HELENA) - Lt. Governor John Bohlinger is the recipient of the 2007 Lt. Governors Public Leadership in the Arts award from Americans for the Arts. Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading non-profit organization advancing arts in America.

“Lt. Governor John Bohlinger is most deserving of this national recognition for his role in advancing arts and arts education within his state and its communities,” said Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch.

“It is an honor to accept this award,” said Lt. Governor John Bohlinger. “The arts play an important role in communities across Montana and across the nation.”

Bohlinger served on the Board of Directors of the Yellowstone Art Museum and as President of the Billings Symphony. He is active with the Montana Arts Council and the Montana Institute of the Arts. He lead the Montana Arts Council to an endorsement of the arts as a vehicle for community development.

“Most Americans understand that the arts improve our quality of life,” said Lynch. “But, the arts are also an industry that stimulates the economy in cities and towns across the country. A vibrant arts and culture industry helps local businesses thrive.” A May 2007 study showed nonprofit arts generates $166.2 billion in economic activity.

Bohlinger and late artist wife, Bette, collected art and have one son who is a professional musician. John Bohlinger, Jr. is in his fifth season as the band leader for USA Network’s Nashville Star. Lt. Governor Bohlinger received the award at the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) Annual Meeting. Though NLGA, his peers nationwide bi-partisanly endorsed his selection for the award.