Given for overall excellence in the body of work by an
artist, humanist or interpretive scientist.
Laurie Kahn-Leavitt’s work highlights the lives of people
whose stories are seldom told on screen. Her film TUPPERWARE!
explores the creation of the plastic product, the company,
the marketing phenomenon and the enduring icon. The film is
filled with humor, yet also raises profound questions about
gender, class, and the growth of consumer culture after World
War II. TUPPERWARE! was nominated for a prime time
Emmy for Best Direction and won the Banff International Television
Festival Award for Best History/Biography Program.
Ms. Kahn-Leavitt also conceived of, wrote, and produced the
film A Midwife’s Tale. The film is based on
the diary of the18th-century midwife Martha Ballard, which
was adapted by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich in her Pulitzer Prize-winning
book A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard,
Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812. In 1998, the film opened
the tenth season of the PBS series American Experience and
won numerous awards at film festivals, as well as an Emmy.
Ms. Kahn-Leavitt is currently a Visiting Scholar at The Women’s
Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, where she
is planning a series of films exploring the history of women
Tim Chan Thou
Chan Thou, founder and artistic director of Angkor Dance Troupe,
learned Cambodian folk dance and became certified as a folk
dance instructor in a refugee camp along the Thai-Cambodian
border. He was 21 when he arrived at Khao-I-Dang, traumatized
by his wartime experiences in Khmer Rouge work camps and by
the deaths of his parents and four siblings. For Mr. Thou,
teaching traditional Cambodian dance became a way to keep
part of his heritage alive. He went on to teach and dance
at the Philippine Refugee Center before immigrating to the
U.S. in 1982.
Mr. Thou brought to the U.S. a passion to carry on and develop
traditional Cambodian dance, to perform, to teach others,
and to see the traditions preserved for future generations
of people of all cultures. In 1986, he and another teacher
founded the Angkor Dance Troupe. Today, the Troupe is one
of the most respected Cambodian dance ensembles in the country,
with several highly qualified master teachers and more than
Given to an individual, organization, corporation or foundation
that has taken the lead in giving time, energy, expertise
and/or funds to help build a central place for the arts, humanities
and sciences in Massachusetts.
Maso has served as the Huntington Theatre Company’s
Managing Director since 1982, overseeing all fiscal and administrative
operations, producing more than 120 plays, and leading the
Huntington’s ten-year drive to build the new Stanford
Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.
Mr. Maso is President of the League of Resident Theatres,
an association of 70 of the country’s major not-for-profit
professional theatres. He has served as a member of the Board
of Directors of Theatre Communications Group, the national
service organization for not-for-profit theatre, and as a
site visitor, panelist, and panel chair for the National Endowment
for the Arts. In June 2000, Mr. Maso was honored with the
Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence at Boston’s Elliot
Norton Awards. He is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
at Boston University.
Given to an individual, cultural organization or school
that has developed a model education program in the arts,
humanities or sciences.
Shakespeare & Company
more than twenty-five years, Shakespeare & Company has
been committed to bringing Shakespeare alive and into the
lives of students, teachers, and communities. The Company's
education program now reaches more than 50,000 students and
teachers annually with creative, socially responsive and challenging
performances, workshops, and residencies. Through these classical
works, students experience the collective truths of human
The Company’s flagship education program, Shakespeare
in Action, is one of the most in-depth and high-quality theatre
residencies in the Northeast. At ten different schools in
Massachusetts and upstate New York, Company artists and directors
conduct a nine-week language-based exploration of different
Shakespeare plays culminating in full-scale, ninety-minute
productions. In 2001, in collaboration with the Berkshire
Juvenile Court, Shakespeare & Company launched the Shakespeare
in the Courts initiative, an innovative, experimental arts
program that serves adjudicated juvenile offenders ages 13-17
as part of their probation. Drawing on the timeless power
of Shakespeare’s plays, the program helps the participants
learn how to make positive contributions in a group setting,
develop self esteem, and experience a sense of accomplishment.
Given to an organization or individual that has significantly
integrated the arts, humanities or sciences into a community.
Raw Art Works
Raw Art Works got its start in 1988 as Massachusetts' first
statewide art therapy program for incarcerated youth. The
power of work with juvenile offenders inspired the founders
to build a creative refuge where youth on the edge of risky
urban street life could find shelter and creative nourishment.
With the motto "There are no mistakes - just ART," Raw Art
Works opened in 1994 in Lynn, a city of 90,000 working to
manage economic challenges and a diversity of cultures and
Over the past six years, young artists known as the Raw Kids
have created a studio, Raw Space, that is jam-packed with brightly
painted chairs, sofas, floor coverings, and wall-to-wall art.
In Raw's vehicle, Van-Go, nearly a hundred youngsters are transported
to Raw Space each week. All staffers are professional artists
and master's level art therapists who provide a safe haven where
kids can explore the language of art.
Given for an organization's overall artistic excellence
and its impact on public life in the Commonwealth.
Wheelock Family Theatre
its founding in 1981, more than half a million young people
and adults have enjoyed professional theatre experiences at
Wheelock Family Theatre (WFT). Nearly a quarter of a million
young people have participated in WFT classes, school partnership
activities, and student matinee series. Hundreds of families
and children have performed in WFT’s seventy-one productions
alongside scores of professional Equity actors.
WFT is the only theatre in Boston with an education program
sustained by a professional theater and an institution of
higher education, Wheelock College, whose specialty is child
development and early childhood education. It was the first
New England recipient of the Actors’ Equity Association
Rosetta LeNoire Award—a national honor recognizing outstanding
contributions to the goal of increasing diversity in the American
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