CREATE CA Co-Founder Malissa Feruzzi Shriver Receives National Arts Ed Award

Malissa Feruzzi Shriver Receives National Arts Education Leadership Award

Americans for the Arts honors Co-founder of CREATE CA

Washington, D.C. –

Americans for the Arts, 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. Presented each year, these awards recognize the achievements of individuals, organizations or programs committed to enriching their communities through the arts.

Among the six awards given in various categories, Malissa Feruzzi Shriver of Santa Monica, former chair of the California Arts Council, was honored with the Arts Education Award.

Presented each year since 2007, the Arts Education Award honors the best in arts education program design, execution, and organizational leadership. Shriver is an arts education advocate with numerous leadership positions in California and nationally.

After chairing the California team for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Education Leaders Institute, Shriver co-founded CREATE CA (Core Reforms Engaging Arts to Educate), the statewide initiative to address the erosion of arts education in California public schools. She is the lead executive of Turnaround Arts California, a program supported by the California Arts Council in partnership with the California Department of Education, designed to reform low-performing schools through comprehensive and integrated arts education.

Shriver served two terms on the California Arts Council, is on the California Alliance for Arts Education policy board, and is a California Institute for the Arts trustee. Nationally she served on the boards for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), the NASAA Arts Learning Advisory Board, the Western States Arts Federation, and the Center for Research on Creativity.

“Malissa Feruzzi Shriver’s vision, dedication, passion, and work ethic to advocate for a robust arts education for every child in California are unprecedented,” said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. “Her leadership, first as a member and then Chair of the California Arts Council, and now as a private citizen has been nothing less than remarkable. Malissa’s enthusiasm is infectious, her drive unmatched. We congratulate her on this much deserved national recognition and are proud to work alongside her in advancing arts education policy and practice in California.”

Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, said, “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. Each of this year’s honorees 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.”

Shriver and the other honorees will be presented with their awards at the upcoming Americans for the Arts 2014 Annual Convention in Nashville during the Opening Plenary session, Friday, June 13, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Presentations will be live streamed online at

View a list of all six national award recipients in the Americans for the Arts press release available at this link:

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