Rep. Cook is a freshman representative, but has made rural arts programs a top priority. In March of this year, Rep. Cook held a special gala at the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts to showcase the success of one of his district’s arts success stories, The Summer Youth Musical Theatre Program, a flourishing youth theatre arts program, which has just entered its 20th year. The gala event was followed by a youth production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” Rep. Cook’s invitation brought many state, county and local legislators to the performance and showcased the transformative power that arts education can have in the lives of young people in rural areas.
Rep. Cook is one of 11 lawmakers selected as 2017 Arts Champion by the Arizona Citizens for the Arts.
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