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Harsdorf honored by Arts Wisconsin

State Senator Sheila Harsdorf, right, is presented with Arts Wisconsin annual Arts in the Community Award. Presenting the award is Anne Katz, executive director of Arts Wisconsin. Submitted photo

Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin's statewide arts service, advocacy, and development organization, honored Wisconsin State Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), with its annual Arts in the Community Award.

The award was presented at the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts' annual Rural Arts Forum meeting in Amery on Friday, June 22. With these awards, Arts Wisconsin honors elected officials and civic leaders around the state who are champions for the arts as integral to economic, educational and civic vitality in Wisconsin and all of its communities.

Sen. Harsdorf has been a strong and vocal supporter of the arts in the 10th Senate District and throughout the state during her nearly 15 years in the State Legislature. As a member of the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee, her advocacy on behalf the Wisconsin Arts Board, and for the arts as critical economic, educational and civic resources for the people of Wisconsin, made a positive impact and a difference during the 2011-2013 state budget process. Sen. Harsdorf is an enthusiastic arts participant and has built strong and enduring connections with the creative sector in the 10th District. 

More information on Arts Wisconsin is at For more information on the annual Arts in the Community awards and on the arts, arts education and creative economy in Wisconsin, contact Anne Katz, executive director, Arts Wisconsin at (608) 255-8316;; or