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.
YO-YO MA, 2015 HONOREE
FAPE honored Yo-Yo Ma with the 2015 Leonore and Walter Annenberg Award for diplomacy through the Arts in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to our country’s rich artistic tradition. One of his goals is the exploration of music as a means of communication, and as a vehicle for the migration of ideas across a range of cultures throughout the world. Expanding upon this interest, in 1998, Ma established Silkroad, a nonprofit organization that seeks to create meaningful change at the intersections of the arts, education and business.
“Yo-Yo Ma epitomizes the meaning of the Annenberg Award,” said Jo Carole Lauder, FAPE Chairman. “He recognizes the importance of fostering cultural understanding through his musical ensembles and beyond his practice as a gifted cellist in communities around the world.”