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Louis Krasner

Louis KrasnerFew musicians in this century have wrung such astonishing sounds from the violin as Louis Krasner, and few have been such passionate champions of contemporary classical music.

When Louis Krasner graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1922, he left for Europe to carve out a career as a great soloist, combining formidable technical proficiency with distinctive musical expression. He was a soloist with many of the great orchestras of the world and also served as concertmaster of the Minneapolis Symphony and the Syracuse Symphony, conductor of the Syracuse University Symphony and founder of the Krasner Chamber Music Ensemble.

His virtuosity and commitment to innovation made Krasner a pioneer in the reinterpretation of tonality in contemporary classical music. His role in new music is paralleled in Krasner's dynamic training and coaching of career orchestral musicians - including a distinguished teaching career at Syracuse University, and on the faculties of the Tanglewood Music Center and the New England Conservatory.

Julian Crandall Hollick

Julian Crandall HollickFor more than a decade, writer and radio producer Julian Crandall Hollick has been bringing the world into our automobiles and our living rooms with a keen ear and sympathetic understanding. Crandall Hollick dispels any lingering notion that radio is poor man's television or that it is an easy medium. His concise composition and creative use of ambient sound produce a richly textured sense of time and place that make us feel at home in unfamiliar locales.

Crandall Hollick co-founded Independent Broadcasting Associates, which has won many professional and civic honors. By working in the long form of documentary series, IBA has managed to examine places and issues from many points of view.

Crandall Hollick has contributed his impeccable scholarship to ongoing education through curricula based on his broadcasts. As a result, his thoughts on subjects as diverse as deforestation in the Himalayas and conversations with Indian teenagers will persist - challenging generations of students to match his imagination and insight.

Interpretive Scientist
Bernard Zubrowski

Bernard ZubrowskiFrom his post-graduate days in the Peace Corps to his position as project director at the Education Development Center, Inc., Bernard Zubrowski has fostered an understanding and appreciation of science through engaging and innovative books, training programs and museum exhibits. At The Children's Museum in Boston, he demonstrated that elaborate technology is not required to illuminate the principles of science.

Zubrowski's serious sense of play has been influential far beyond Massachusetts. Seven of his exhibits have toured nationally and several have been replicated in other museums and science centers. He has served as consultant to children's museums and science centers in the United States and in India, Great Britain, Baharain and Sweden.

A prolific author, he has helped develop science curricula and teacher training for public school systems. His education projects have been so successful that it is easy to forget that he is also an accomplished kinetic sculptor who served as artist in residence at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

Organizational Leadership
Henry P. Becton, Jr.

Henry P. Becton, Jr.Every week, an estimated 34 million Americans watch television programs originated by WGBH. Under the leadership of Henry P. Becton, Jr., WGBH has become the country's largest supplier of public television programs, including Masterpiece Theatre, Mystery, Zoom, This Old House, The American Experience, Columbus and the Age of Discovery and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? It is responsible for one-third of the prime time lineup on PBS and is a major source of America's public radio programs.

Becton joined WGBH in 1970 and rose through the ranks as a producer and manager until he was elected president and general manager in 1984. Under his tenure, WGBH programs have won every major award for broadcasting excellence and have directed the spotlight on New England's cultural, historical, educational and artistic riches.

The WGBH Educational Foundation is also committed to employing technology to bring those programs to the broadest possible audience. WGBH has been a pioneer in developing access technology, notably captioning and descriptive video. More recently, it has begun to explore nonbroadcast educational tools, including multimedia computer materials.

Cultural Organization
Art of Black Dance and Music

Art of Black Dance and MusicArt of Black Dance and Music keeps the traditions of Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas alive and vital. The company reaches around the globe to gather its rich repertoire of music, dance, ritual and myth of the peoples of Africa and the African diaspora.

Art of Black Dance and Music provides arts education programs and performances throughout New England. The company has appeared in almost every school in major cities and towns in the Commonwealth. Each year, about 50,000 people experience their lively and diverse performances.

But Art of Black Dance and Music gives more than a performance; it also gives a history - a common history of the diverse cultures of Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas. In the process, the company celebrates African-rooted heritage and dispels negative cultural stereotypes that otherwise hobble true understanding and intellectual growth.

Cultural Organization
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Jacob's Pillow Dance FestivalEver since modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn founded Jacob's Pillow in 1931, the dancers and choreographers who have come to work and perform on this mountaintop in the Berkshires have shaped the direction and aesthetics of American dance.

Through the decades, the Pillow has kept faith with its pioneering spirit and vitality. With its commissioning, training and scholarly programs, the Pillow has evolved beyond a mere venue to become a laboratory of the artform - a place where new dance and new dancers are made. Programs at the Pillow examine choreography from intent to final movement, individual dances from their first tentative movements to their final certainties of motion.

Moreover, Jacob's Pillow brings the art of dance out of the rarefied air of the concert stage. A community and in-school program launched in 1987 has introduced residents of Berkshire County from Williamstown to Sheffield to dance through residencies and lecture-demonstrations. The Pillow has also sponsored ongoing dance classes for the county's senior populations.

Rosebud C. Holland

Rosebud C. HollandAll of us should be so fortunate as to have a Miss Holland in our lives - a dedicated teacher who helps each student discover and develop a special talent. For a quarter of a century, Rose Holland has taught choral music to students in kindergarten through grade 5 at the William Monroe Trotter School in Roxbury.

Each year, more than 600 children receive both her nurturing and her disciplined training. In recent years, she has begun to teach a second generation - the children of those children she taught to sing early in her career. She has kept the spark of music alive through both good and bad years for funding for the arts in the schools.

One of her most enduring accomplishments is the Trotter Concert Chorus, a body of about 100 highly disciplined and motivated students. They perform in their community and all over the city. Members have sung with John Williams and the Boston Pops in Christmas at Pops in Symphony Hall, in a private reception for Nelson and Winnie Mandela, and at the Emerson Majestic Theatre. On one occasion, they sang the "Star Spangled Banner" to open a game at Fenway Park.

Elma Lewis

Elma LewisElma Lewis was thrust into the national spotlight in 1981 when she was selected as the sole African American woman in the first round of MacArthur Prize Fellowships - the so-called "genius" awards.

A performing artist by training, she channeled her energies into teaching and opening doors for young talent. She founded her first school in the 1950s, which eventually grew into the famous Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts. By the late 1960s, she had also created Black Nativity, now a much-anticipated Boston holiday tradition showcasing scores of gifted local performers, and the National Center of Afro-American Artists. From the Center sprang its influential Museum, which is the sole Boston institution devoted to the ongoing rich production of African American artists and to Black history and heritage.

But her influence is not bound by the walls of institutions. Over the years, more than 8,500 children and adults have studied with her or her organizations. She recognized and nurtured the most talented and sent them forth to distinguished performing arts careers as members of major companies and ensembles throughout the country.

Northampton Arts Council

Northampton Arts CouncilArs Populi could be the motto for the Northampton Arts Council - arts of the people, by the people, and for the people. Co-arts coordinators Bob Cilman and Mary Kasper, artists themselves, use their keen understanding of local needs and resources, knack for collaboration, and commitment to economic self-sufficiency are a model of community arts activism.

With the Arts Council's leadership, Northampton has shown great support for its artists. Working with other city groups and private individuals, the Council converted the Florence Grammar School into a community center with workshop and rehearsal space for artists, and the city has altered its zoning to accommodate artists' needs.

Northampton also extends' the impact of the Mass Cultural Council's Local Cultural Council Program. As a catalyst and champion of the arts, the Northampton Arts Council is a model for other local cultural councils throughout the Commonwealth.


AerosmithOver the years, Aerosmith have given time, funding and most importantly a voice, to a wealth of different issues - some national, some local - but all crucial to the evolution to the spirit of our culture.

In 1992, in their battle against censorship, the band stepped in as 'patrons' of an imperiled exhibition entitled 'Corporal Politics' at the List Visual Arts Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, when funding was withdrawn because of the controversial content of the photographs and sculptures. In 1994, they donated proceeds from a four-date 'cyberspace tour' across the world's leading on-line computer services, to the Electronic Frontier Foundation - a civil liberties organization dedicated to ensuring free speech on the networks.

They are believers in commitment and persistence, and in recognition of those qualities in others they have consistently looked for ways to support local artists and venues - never have they forgotten their roots.

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