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24th Annual Herb Alpert Award in the Arts to be Presented May 18, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

Now in its 24th year, the annual Herb Alpert Award in the Arts provides five unrestricted $75,000 grants to five independent artists working in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theatre and visual art. The awards lunch will be held at the Herb Alpert Foundation in Santa Monica on May 18th, 2018.

Among the 115 past winners of the Award are artists Carrie Mae Weems, Vijay Iyer, Taylor Mac, Suzan-Lori Parks, Julia Wolfe, Michelle Dorrance, Tania Bruguera, Kerry James Marshall, Lisa Kron, Sharon Lockhart, Ralph Lemon, and Cai Guo-Qiang.

The awards are adjudicated by three-member panels of noted artists - including many past winners - and arts professionals in each of the five categories. The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts was conceived by Herb Alpert and his wife Lani Hall Alpert to reward creative experimenters who are challenging and transforming art, their respective disciplines, and society. In addition the awards provide vital financial support to each artist at a key juncture in his or her creative development.

Initiated and funded by The Herb Alpert Foundation, the awards are administered by the California Institute of the Arts, CalArts, which was selected by the foundation based on a shared vision of the transformative power of the arts.

The Herb Alpert Foundation envisions a world in which all young people are blessed with opportunities that allow them to reach their potential and lead productive and fulfilling lives. Over the past few years, the Foundation has focused on core areas, such as “The Arts,” a broad category that includes arts education, a focus on jazz, and support to professionals. This also includes programs that seek to use the arts to help meet the needs of underserved youth and to help build competencies that will enable them to become successful adults. The other core area is “Compassion and Well-Being,”which celebrates the positive aspects of human psychology and seeks to bring more compassion and compassionate behavior to our society.

CalArts is recognized internationally as a leading laboratory for the visual, performing, media and literary arts. Housing six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts educates professional artists in an intensive learning environment founded on art-making excellence, creative experimentation, cross-pollination among diverse artistic disciplines, and a broad context of social and cultural understanding. CalArts also operates the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles.

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