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MICA President Fred Lazarus IV Named Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate of the Year; Inaugural Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize Launches

President Lazarus recognized for his leadership and commitment in the arts and art education

Posted 01.23.14

President Fred Lazarus IV.

This week, MICA's President Fred Lazarus IV was selected as recipient of Maryland Citizens for the Arts' (MCA) Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate of the Year award and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) opened the submission period for the inaugural Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize ("The Fred"). These awards recognize Lazarus' lasting impact and advocacy for support for the arts and art education.

MCA's Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate of the Year award recognizes President Lazarus' extraordinary leadership in arts advocacy and education. According to MCA, his leadership and innovation served as a catalyst for strong policies and practices supporting the artists, arts administrators and arts organizations. His understanding of, and commitment to partnerships on the local, regional and national levels assures that he stands out among arts advocates.

"Maryland's quality of life is among the best in the world, and I believe it is because of the commitment its citizens have made to support the arts and culture," Lazarus said.

"We have proven that our focus on innovation and creativity has directly led to leadership in education, commerce, advocacy, and many other forms of human endeavor. I'm honored to accept this award on behalf of the many Marylanders I have collaborated with to advance our shared belief that the arts indispensably elevate our collective human experience."

BOPA recognizes President Lazarus with the Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize ("The Fred"), a competitive program that seeks to recognize and encourage artistic student talent in Baltimore. "The Fred" awards a prize of $1,000 to high school student-artists living in Baltimore City as well as a stipend to produce a solo exhibition. With mentorship from BOPA, the award recipient's work will be on display at 1401 W. Mount Royal Avenue during the 33rd annual Artscape, Friday, July 18-Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lazarus was instrumental in launching the city's annual Artscape festival, now the largest free arts festival in the United States. Artscape, having been anchored on MICA's campus for more than 30 years, annually draws more than 350,000 visitors each year while having an economic impact on Maryland approaching $26 million.

Lazarus is a national leader in the advancement of arts, arts education, and community development. He served as founding chair of both Americans for the Arts and the National Coalition for Education in the Arts, and has also chaired the Maryland Independent College and Universities Association, the Arts Education Committee of the American Council for the Arts, and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. Lazarus is the founding and current chair of Central Baltimore Partnership, a founding board member of both the Midtown Development Corporation board and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. He also served as a founding advisory board member of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, Inc., and has served on numerous boards of directors, including Partners for Livable Communities, Arts Every Day, and Americans for the Arts.

More information on "The Fred" can be found here.

MCA's Sue Hess Maryland Advocate of the Year award can be found here.

More information about events planned to honor the legacy of President Lazarus can be found here.

Top image caption: President Fred Lazarus IV.