Annenberg Award

In April 2008, FAPE established the Leonore and Walter Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the Arts to honor distinguished American individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in furthering global understanding of the United States. Honorees must demonstrate long-term excellence and innovation in the exchange of creativity and ideas that represent the rich and diverse culture of the U.S.

The official Award was designed and contributed by preeminent American artist, Ellsworth Kelly. Carlson Arts LLC donated the fabrication costs. Takaaki Matsumoto donated the design of the Award’s base.


Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, was the first recipient of the Award. Justice Breyer was chosen for his highly-regarded contributions to the U.S. Supreme Court, and also because of his ardent support of the arts and culture as inalienable expressions of democracy. His work overseeing the design and construction of the John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston speaks to his commitment to the intersection of government and the arts.

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Ellsworth Kelly with Justice Stephen G. Breyer, the first recipient of the Annenberg Award. Photo by Mary Hilliard, courtesy of FAPE.

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