Philp Horn to Receive ArtsQuest Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award
Retired PCA director to accept award at Linny Awards Ceremony Nov. 8 at SteelStacks
The ArtsQuest Foundation is pleased to announce that 25-year Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) Philip Horn will receive the Foundation’s distinguished Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award at the third Linny Awards ceremony Nov. 8, 6 p.m., at the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café at SteelStacks. The award is being presented to Horn for the more than quarter century he has spent advocating for and promoting the arts in the Commonwealth.
Born in New York and raised in Los Angeles, Horn began his tenure with the PCA in 1993. Under his leadership, the organization expanded the reach of state arts funding across the Commonwealth to every Pennsylvania county and developed regional partnerships and initiatives to form a robust statewide arts infrastructure.
During Horn’s tenure, PCA established innovative cultural tourism strategies, deployed an electronic grant application and fostered the development of the Pennsylvania Cultural Data Project. Horn has served on several boards including the National PTA board of directors, recognized with a lifetime membership in the Pennsylvania PTA. He has received numerous honors for his work and that of the agency, including the National Accessibility Leadership Award from the National Endowment for the Arts; the 2013 Sidney R. Yates Award for Outstanding Advocacy from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters; and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies’ 2005 Gary Young Award, recognizing national leadership, innovative thinking, sustained commitment to public support for the arts and dedication to diverse artistic expression.
Horn studied Theatre Management at Michigan State University, and English and Theatre at California State University, Northridge. He resides in New Cumberland, Pa. with his wife, Anne-Carter J Horn.
“Over the past quarter century, few people have had an impact on the arts in Pennsylvania like Philip Horn,” says ArtsQuest Foundation Executive Director Jane George. “Throughout his career, Philip and the staff of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts have dedicated themselves to strengthening and enhancing access to the arts across the Commonwealth by providing grant opportunities to arts and community organizations large and small, tripling the number of grant recipients over the past two decades.
“Perhaps most importantly, Philip oversaw or developed several regional partnerships, which in turn provided even greater access to the arts for diverse residents of not only of our region, but the entire state. Philip’s tireless efforts as a champion for the arts have benefitted numerous Lehigh Valley arts organizations, the residents of our region and everyone in the State of Pennsylvania.”
Named after the late Marlene ‘Linny’ Fowler, a stained-glass artist and community leader who supported artists and arts organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley for more than a quarter century, the Linny Awards are designed to recognize and celebrate the region’s flourishing arts community.
In addition to the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award, the Foundation will present 10 other awards including Visual Artist of the Year, Performing Artist of the year, Emerging Artist of the Year, Arts Educator of the Year, Business Supporters of the Arts, Philanthropy in the Arts, Excellence in Production Design and the Lehigh Valley Scholarship Award.
Proceeds from the Linny Awards go to support the Foundation, which Fowler helped found in 2003. The Foundation is focused on supporting and strengthening the long-term sustainability of ArtsQuest, the nonprofit that presents Musikfest and nearly 4,000 other programs, events and educational classes annually for the region, 40 percent of which are free to attend.
For complete information on the ArtsQuest Foundation and the Linny Awards, please visit www.artsquestfoundation.org.