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Snyder makes appointment to Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

Friday, April 18, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Aaron Dworkin, of Ann Arbor, to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

The 15-member council, housed in the Michigan Economic Development Corp., helps create an environment of artistic, creative and cultural activity to support Michigan's quality of life and economic vitality.

“I am confident Aaron will do great work to continue supporting our state’s diverse and vibrant cultural activities,” Snyder said.

Dworkin is the founder and president of the Sphinx Organization, the leading national arts organization that focuses on youth development and diversity in classical music. He is an author, social entrepreneur, artist and an avid youth education advocate. He was named a 2006 Crain’s 40 Under 40 recipient, 2005 MacArthur Fellow, 2003 Michiganian of the Year, and received an honorary degree from Curtis Institute of Music. Dworkin earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in violin performance, both from the University of Michigan School of Music. He will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of DeAnn Nixon.

Dworkin will serve the remainder of a three-year term to expire Sept. 1, 2014. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.