Saturday, May 30, 2009

state salutes sara.

I'm utterly thrilled to announce that the State of Texas has named my magical friend Sara Hickman [photo above by Todd Wolfson] as 2010 Texas State Musician. This is an awesome, well-deserved and well-earned honor for one of the most creative, gifted, giving and amazing women artists I've ever encountered.  YEA, SARA!!  :D

The Texas Commission on the Arts appoints the positions of state musician, state poet laureate, state three-dimensional artist and state two-dimensional artist (a poorly phrased title, from my perspective). The 81st Texas Legislature confirmed the commission's choices for 2009 and 2010 last week. Fellow Austinite Willie Nelson will hold the musical honor this year and pass it along to Sara next year.

According to the commission, appointees are selected for "the exceptional quality of their work and for their outstanding commitment to the arts in Texas." The bill validating the appointments noted that Sara "supports many social causes through her work, and regularly performs and records music for children."

“Texas is home to so many talented artists; this diverse group exemplifies the best of the best,” said Texas Commission on the Arts Executive Director Dr. Gary Gibbs. “This honor rewards these talented Texans for their outstanding artistic achievements, and we are proud to have them represent the state.”

Sara, I love you and am so very proud to call you my friend (regardless of recognition by the Great Lone Star State!)! Happy congratulations!!  :)

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