Michael L. Royce Receives Leadership Award from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Michael L. Royce Receives Leadership Award from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Royce has served as NYFA’s Executive Director for the last 12 years.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) announced that Michael L. Royce has been named the inaugural recipient of the Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award (ACLA). Named after MAAF’s Executive Director from 1994 through April 2017, the Award honors an arts leader who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the arts sector within the mid-Atlantic region. Royce will be recognized at the May 2018 MAAF board meeting.

Royce has served as the Executive Director of The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) for the past 12 years. His leadership has led to an exponential growth of support programs for artists in New York, nationally, and internationally. Royce’s work in the creation of programs serving artists in all stages of their careers, and his understanding of the importance of partnerships, has led to robust training opportunities. His efforts in recognizing the value of immigrant artist populations, international exchange, and artist mentorship have made him an exemplary choice for the inaugural Award round. 

On learning of his selection, Royce said: “Knowing of Alan Cooper’s leadership, and of the high-quality work that Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has done for so many years for so many individuals and organizations, it is an honor to receive this recognition." 

Royce was selected by a panel of six arts professionals. Of Royce’s selection, ACLA Board Committee Chair Hal Real said: "The Alan Cooper Leadership Award Committee congratulates Michael Royce as the first recipient of this prestigious new award from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Michael’s innovative leadership and outstanding track record of accomplishments during his tenure at The New York Foundation for the Arts so perfectly exemplifies the spirit and the substantive leadership of Alan Cooper, the arts leader in whose honor this award is named.”

“Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is very proud to honor Michael Royce. Because of his deep commitment to the development and continued support of individual artists throughout the various stages of their careers, Michael has helped to create a thriving cultural community at the regional, national, and global level with the artist clearly placed at the center,” added MAAF’s Executive Director, Theresa Colvin.

Nominations for the 2019 Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award will open this fall. Nominees will have demonstrated impactful leadership in the arts in one or more of MAAF’s nine partner jurisdictions of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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Image: Michael L. Royce, Image Credit: Eduardo Patino

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