Shelley Cohn's name is virtually synonymous with the arts in our State. During her years as Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts she brought energy, creativity and a vision that the arts should be seen as having a powerful impact both culturally and economically upon their communities. Shelley has been a tireless advocate for artists and arts organizations throughout this State and many others.
One of her most lasting contributions while leader of the arts agency was the creation of the Arts Trust fund. This fund was established as a partnership between business leaders, local arts leaders and elected officials. Derived from the Corporation Commission filing fees, the Arts Trust Fund still serves as the chief funding source for the Arts Commission--30 years after its creation. It is little wonder many of Shelley’s innovations in the arts and public policy have served as models and implemented nationally.