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Arizona Citizens for the Arts Honors Joanie Flatt With 2019 Shelley Award
She’s been a longtime fixture on the Arizona arts scene and a tireless advocate for the community, and now she’s set to receive one of the arts industry’s most notable honors.
Joanie Flatt, a lauded local communications expert, philanthropist and arts advocate, will receive the prestigious 2019 Shelley Award from the Arizona Citizens for the Arts at the 38th annual Governor’s Arts Awards dinner on March 7 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown.
Awarded annually since 2005, the Shelley Award recognizes those who have advanced the arts in Arizona through strategic and innovative work that strikes a chord with intended audiences as well as the community-at-large. A lifelong Arizona resident who currently calls Scottsdale home, Flatt’s contributions to Arizona’s arts scene are numerous. In addition to playing an instrumental role in the successful 1998 Mesa Quality of Life tax campaign, which ultimately paved the way for the construction of the Mesa Arts Center, she served as the first official chairperson for the Mesa Arts Center Foundation Board and the founding chair of the Mesa Arts & Entertainment Alliance, which secured $6 million in private funding to construct two smaller theaters at the Center.
“Joanie’s reputation for commitment, love and passion for the arts is iconic in our community,” said Catherine “Rusty” Foley, the executive director of Arizona Citizens for the Arts. “Her contributions have been pivotal to the advancement of many arts and culture organizations and their ability to reach and touch audiences and the community at large.”
In addition to serving as a pivotal figure within Arizona’s expansive arts scene, Flatt has maintained an active role in numerous Valley philanthropic efforts and endeavors. A member of the board of directors for Childsplay, a local children’s theater organization, for more than 20 years, Flatt is also a member of the Children’s Action Alliance, the Arizona Theatre Company Board of Trustees and a former op-ed columnist for the Mesa Tribune and the Arizona Republic.