The City of Ventura, on behalf of Mayor Bill Fulton, welcomes nominations for the sixth annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, recognizing the artistic achievements and contributions to the cultural community by City residents, artists, educators, organizations and business leaders. Further program goals include cultivating greater visibility and understanding of the value of the arts, as well as building new leadership and developing new patrons for the arts. Margaret Travers – Arts Leader Nominated by Cultural Affairs Supervisor Georgeanne Lees, Margaret Travers has served as the Executive Director of the Ventura County Arts Council for many years. A dedicated and eloquent voice for the arts throughout Ventura County, Margaret also serves on numerous nonprofit arts boards including the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley and the Thousand Oaks Arts Commission. Her tireless advocacy for the arts, both locally and in Sacramento, has had a successful impact as she has brokered partnerships with the City of Ventura, Focus on the Masters, Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau, Ventura County Community Foundation, the California Arts Council, among many others. Under her leadership, the Ventura County Arts Council operates with a mandate to develop unique programs such as their Artists in the Community Partnership grants, which places an individual artist into a non-arts community agency to address local community needs. The Artist Residency in the County Juvenile Facility employs 7 artists/teachers who provide 11 art classes per week while the Artists-in-the-Classroom Mini-Grant program funds arts programs in all disciplines in countywide elementary schools. In partnership with Focus on the Masters, Margaret works tirelessly to raise funds for graduating high school visual artists to continue their studies and oversees an annual schedule of art exhibitions at the County Government Center. Her warmth, humor and quiet fortitude make Margaret a beloved and admired friend to all the artists and organizations she serves.