Mayor Brainard wins award


Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard was recognized by Americans for the Arts and the United States Conference of Mayors last week for his contributions to developing an arts community.

Mayor Brainard received the 2011 Public Leadership in Arts Award, along with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.  The award honors particularly outstanding leaders who have helped advance the arts.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized by Americans for the Arts and the Untied State Conference of Mayors, two groups that do wonderful work, for my efforts in using the arts and culture to promote Carmel and re-invigorate and re-invent our downtown,” said Brainard in a statement. “I am so proud that Carmel is being held up as a model to others for our transformation of our downtown and look forward to opening our world-class Center for the Performing Arts.”

Brainard was selected for his careful attention to developing the Arts and Design District, the Center for the Performing Arts and also Carmel’s dedication to supporting local arts groups and organizations.