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The Herb Alpert Foundation which funds the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts will double the number of annual award recipients from 5 to 10 while maintaining the $75,000 unrestricted prize given to each winner in the five categories of dance, music, film/video, theatre and visual arts. The Foundation also adds immediate COVID-19 related support to artists in need and increases/accelerates grants to existing grantees.

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (PRWEB) AUGUST 19, 2020

Legendary trumpeter and philanthropist Herb Alpert has announced that the 27th annual Herb Alpert Award in the Arts (HAAIA) will be presented to ten artists, doubling the number of awardees from past years. The award includes an unrestricted prize of $75,000 for winners in each of five categories: dance, film/video, music, theatre and visual arts.

Herb Alpert, speaking to the financial crisis many artists are facing said, "If doctors, nurses, and firefighters are our first responders then artists, society's truth tellers, are our second responders. How can we as a society not do everything – more than we think - to support them in this crisis?”

The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts (HAAIA) was conceived by Herb Alpert and his two-time Grammy-winning vocalist 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 their creative development. Past winners include: Suzan-Lori Parks, Catherine Opie, Carrie Mae Weems, Vijay Iyer, Taylor Mac, Tania Bruguera, Okwui Okpokwasili, Derek Bermel and Michelle Dorrance.

On this year’s major change to the awards, Lani Hall Alpert said, "Giving the award to five talented artists every year for the past 26 years has been incredibly gratifying. But the effect of the pandemic on the arts made us realize that we needed to do more. That’s why we've doubled the number of awardees for next year.”

The HAAIA has been overseen since its inception by founding director Irene Borger, who has watched the impact the award has had on the 130 recipients so far. Irene noted, “If a prize to an individual artist is doing its work, the benefits can inspire, shake up, irritate, move, and move others to action. May the impact of the ten artists be exponential.”

In addition to the $75,000 unrestricted prize, awardees are given a week-long artists residency at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) which has administered the prize for 26 years. CalArts president Ravi Rajan added, "We all know why Herb and Lani didn't hesitate one bit to do this -- because they too are artists, and they see how artists will model that better future for us all."

In 1985 Herb Alpert and Lani Hall Alpert established the Herb Alpert Foundation to oversee their philanthropic efforts focused on the arts and compassion and well-being. Since then, hundreds of organizations have been positively impacted by the Foundation’s funding and support.

Rona Sebastian, president of the Herb Alpert Foundation, talking about the dynamic couple whose passion started it all, said, "Support to artists, whose voices are the heart and soul of our democracy, has always been important to Herb and Lani. It led them to start the Herb Alpert Award 26 years ago when the National Endowment for the Arts funding to artists was eliminated. And now, under incredibly difficult times, the desire to increase their support to individual artists is central to their philanthropic work."

Adapting strategies to the current crisis has been a priority for the Foundation. The first order was to commit continuing support to the existing pool of grantees, while also seeking opportunities to provide immediate relief to individuals in crisis. To do so the Foundation identified several organizations that could provide specific COVID – 19 emergency support and added additional funding for those objectives to existing 2020 commitments. These included six figure grants of additional COVID-19 relief / support to Chrysalis, the Jazz Foundation, the Good People Fund, and Artists Relief. Another priority was to expedite 2020 grant payments to grantees for which cash flow issues were pressing.

Rona Sebastian added, “In general, we see our funding addressing two levels of need simultaneously……direct emergency support as well as funding for ensuring longer term sustainability of our grantees as we continue to weather this terrible crisis situation.”

About the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts
The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, a program of the Herb Alpert Foundation, is an unrestricted prize of $75,000 given to ten, risk-taking, mid-career artists working in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theatre and the visual arts. The prize was initiated and funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation and has been administered by the California Institute of the Arts since 1994. The Award honors and supports artists respected for their creativity, ingenuity, and bodies of work, at a moment in their lives when they are poised to propel their art in new and unpredictable directions. The Herb Alpert Award recognizes experimenters who are making something that matters within and beyond their field.

About The Herb Alpert Foundation
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 empathy and compassionate behavior into our society. Please note: the Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.

About CalArts
CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) 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 Theatre—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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THE HERB ALPERT FOUNDATION’S SPIRIT OF GIVING FORTIFIES ART MAKERS AND ORGANIZATIONS AGAINST COVID-19


By Christina Campodonico for The Argonaut | May 27, 2020

 

The T.S. Eliot saying goes that “April is the cruelest month,” and this year as COVID-19 put its stamp on almost every aspect of daily life, it rang especially true for artists and arts organizations — preceded by an equally brutal March.

Late that month, downtown LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) laid off 97 part-time workers. The same day, the Hammer Museum in Westwood dismissed 150 of its part-time employees. In April, a survey of 11,000 artists applying for emergency aid from the national arts coalition Artist Relief and co-sponsored by the nonprofit advocacy group Americans for the Arts, found that 67% of California-based respondents were unemployed and 80% of those surveyed did not yet have a plan for recovering from the crisis.

While theaters and galleries from the heart of downtown to Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station sit in limbo under LA County’s ever-shifting stay-at-home order, and a quarter of SoCal galleries surveyed by the LA Times say they are facing permanent closure if the conditions of the pandemic do not improve quickly, there are glimmers of hope.

Earlier this spring, the J. Paul Getty Trust launched a $10-million LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund to aid small and mid-sized visual arts organizations, then co-launched a $650,000 relief fund for visual artists in LA County. The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs recently launched a second round of emergency artists relief funding.

Among the organizations aiding artists and arts organizations during the COVID-19 crisis is the Santa Monica-based Herb Alpert Foundation. The brain child of legendary pop trumpeter and A&M Records co-founder Herb Alpert, the musician’s namesake philanthropic organization honored the recipients of the 26th annual Herb Alpert Award in the Arts on Friday, May 22, during a virtual Zoom ceremony attended by 200 people from across the internet.

For Alpert (who trusts the selection of the winners to a cohort of expert panelists), the question of backing the arts right now during this “crazy time” is a no-brainer.

“The arts are so critical to everyone’s lives,” the 85-year-old Alpert said over the phone. “Instead of reducing the amount of money that’s going into the arts, we’ve got to think about supporting artists. They’re the second responders. We know we need the first responders for human health, but the second responders are the artists of the world, the painters, the sculptors, the musicians, the dancers. Those are the people that keep us buoyant. … They’re the ones that keep us thinking happy and help to get us through life.”

This year’s winners are choreographer Karen Sherman, filmmaker Sky Hopinka, jazz trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, New York theater maker Phil Soltanoff and fine artist Firelei Báez.

The award — a $75,000 unrestricted gift administered by the California Institute for the Arts and granted to each of five exceptional mid-career artists in the fields of dance, music, film/video, theater, and visual arts after a rigorous selection process — not only serves as a landmark moment of recognition and investment in an artist’s career, but carries special meaning this year as many artists struggle to make ends meet and figure out how to continue making work under strained circumstances such as closed venues and/or canceled or postponed performances.

“I’m overwhelmed,” said Soltanoff, his voice breaking as he accepted his award and spoke of the thematic alignment between his experimental theatrical work on “Star Trek’s” Captain Kirk and that of the Herb Alpert Awards. “To go where no man has gone before… that spirit is something I believe in, and I feel the Herb Alpert Awards supports…”

“It gives me a vote of confidence in what I’m doing,” Soltanoff said in an earlier phone conversation. “The acknowledgment from my colleagues is fantastic. The money’s fantastic. … It allows me to have the studio and not worry about paying rent on it. It allows me to get a piece of equipment I’ve had my eye on. … It gives me a chance to dance with my imagination.

“The money becomes really a way to get through the next period of time before touring and residencies and workshops can safely start up again,” he added.

“To be able to focus and have some quietude and be able to reflect is kind of an endangered species when you have to worry about how you’re going to pay rent,” said awards director Irene Borger. “It’s quite wonderful to be able to support artists who are doing deep work. … This is a kind of shelter from the storm.”

For other artists, like Grammy-nominated Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, receiving the Herb Alpert Award in music was a full circle moment.

“I grew up listening to Mr. Alpert’s music,” said the musician. “It’s a huge part of my musical heart. … To be part of this award just means the most.”

“Some of my fondest memories are of listening with my grandparents around the kitchen table. Mr. Alpert’s Tijuana Brass recordings were a big part of that time for me,” he added in a statement. “The honor is beyond words. His contribution musically, which obviously was integral in my nourishment as I developed, is boundless. His full commitment to help support, champion and uplift other artists and outliers… shows the grace within and why he is one of the G.O.A.Ts. (Greatest of All Times).”

Yet the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts is just the tip of the iceberg for the support that the Herb Alpert Foundation gives financially. Since its founding in 1988, the foundation has granted more than $185 million to arts, music and nonprofit organizations such as the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance (now the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance) at UCLA, the California Alliance for Arts Education, programs at Santa Monica’s The Broad Stage and 18th Street Arts Center, and P.S. Arts, which operates in Santa Monica public schools. Separately, the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts has given $8 million to individual artists and the handling of the awards since 1994.

“I sometimes think of it as a pyramid,” said Herb Alpert Foundation President Rona Sebastian. “And at the base of the pyramid is all the young people. We do a lot of programs that are really designed to give the arts experience to as many young people as we can. And then as you go up the pyramid you see how we kind of fine-tune and hone in our programmatic support. … And at the tippy top, I would say is really the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts.”

In response to the financial crises facing arts and nonprofit organizations due to the pandemic, the Herb Alpert Foundation has “front-loaded” its aid — giving grants to its partner organizations such as homelessness services nonprofit Chrysalis earlier this year to make up for revenue lost from canceled fundraisers or galas and given even more flexibility to how recipients utilize the funding.

“It’s really a combination of flexibility and immediate response,” said Sebastian. “We’ve always historically had a policy of primarily giving non-restricted giving because we have felt that it’s really the nonprofit organizations and their leadership that know best. … In response to COVID-19, we see that a lot of foundations who didn’t do that in the past are now pivoting… and [giving] the organizations non-restrictive giving. … We’re actually pleased to see that a lot of other foundations are now following that lead.”

christinac@argonautnews.com

 

By Jackie Moe for Backstage SoCal -May 21, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has left artists all around the world with canceled tours, closed galleries, and empty theaters. But Herb Alpert, Grammy Award-winning music legend and visual artist icon, feels that what the world needs now is art — and he is doing his part to support and spread that message.

Despite the lockdown, the Herb Alpert Foundation and CalArts will host the 26th annual Herb Alpert Award in the Arts — virtually, of course — which provides five unrestricted $75,000 grants to independent artists working in dance, film/video, music, theatre and visual art. This year’s online awards presentation will be held on Friday, May 22 at 2 p.m.

Over the course of 26 years, the Awards have granted $8 million to working artists, making Alpert and wife Lani Hall one of the most influential and fiercest supporters of arts and arts education. I had the honor to chat with the always insightful and wonderfully engaging Alpert about why this award is more important than ever, his current projects, and what art means to him.

We’ve talked before and it’s always just such a pleasure, Herb. The last time we spoke you actually even had your trumpet in hand and played a little for me.

Well, I still have it on hand here. This is what I do. I play the trumpet, I record, I paint and I sculpt and that’s me all the time.

So how have you been spending all of that creative energy during the lockdown?

Well, I’ve been recording. I have a recording facility in my studio here and so I’ve been recording. And I’ve painted more pictures that I know what to do with, and I’ve also been sculpting.  I’m a right-brained guy. And this is why I love the arts so much. I think the soul of our country is shaped by our artists. And not just musicians, but actors and poets and dancers and everybody. We need them. Especially at this time. We need the arts. I mean, the artists are our second responders. They’re the people that keep us buoyant and keep us feeling, and that is so crucially important. That’s why Herb Alpert Awards are a part of it, but just a small part of it. We’ve got to get everybody to get on board, especially the politicians where they feel like the arts are dispensable.

That’s a very good point. There seems to be a current divide between the essential and nonessential society right now, with artists and entertainers in the non-essential category.

Yeah. Unfortunately they should be next in line. I mean, we need the first responders. They’re the ones that keep us alive. But the second responders are the ones that give us hope. That’s what we need. That’s why we need the artists, I believe. It’s a different time. Hopefully there’s an end. I don’t know if there’s an end in sight, but there’s an end someplace.

Something I find really interesting with the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts is that it supports mid-career artists, while so many foundations and charities support students or up-and-comers. Why is this important to you?

I always look to honor the artists that go for the road less traveled, you know, the ones that are pushing it a little differently in a more experimental way. I think those are the real artists. Those are the ones that they don’t care whether you like it or not. They’re going to be doing their thing, and they are not doing it for the money. They’re doing it for their soul, for their art form. I mean that’s their passion. So I tend to gravitate towards those people. And you know my story; I had this opportunity when I was eight years old and I’ve been blessed way beyond my dreams, and it gives me pleasure to be able to help pass it on.

What is the “it factor” for an award recipient?

Oh, well that’s a good question. It’s different for every artist, but everyone has their own idea of what art is and who’s great and who’s not. It’s very personal. But we try to bring together great people to make those decisions. I’m not involved in the decisions at all. Intentionally. But we have really qualified people that help guide us and I believe in their choices.

Have you checked in or kind of kept an eye out on various past award recipients?

Well, not really actually. I mean, overall I have, but this is our 26th year. So there’s a lot of artists out there; some have done really well, some are still looking for their spot in the sun. But it’s all worth it, because I think art plays such an important part in our society. I’m just one of many that feel the same. And unfortunately our politicians seem like they don’t get it for the most part. I’m not saying all of them, but a lot of them just don’t think that the arts are worth investing in. And some of the larger corporations are also kind of dialing down with the arts at this moment. Unfortunately it seems like they have other priorities. But I see priority number two for me is making sure we keep art alive. I’m not only talking about jazz and music; I’m talking about painting and sculpting and acting and dancing and singing and everything that has to do with the arts.

How has the current pandemic situation helped or hindered artists?

Well, it’s definitely hindered our artists. I mean there’s so many artists that were relying on doing live concerts and working with other bands and earning a living that way. And now they’re in a bit of a struggle. A lot of artists are not as active as they would like to be sadly.

In your opinion, especially in our current pandemic situation, how do artists recover and keep the arts thriving?

Well, that’s a really good question. You’re talking about the unknown. I don’t know how long this is going to last. We need some different leadership that would help people to respond to how great and how important it is to have the arts in our lives. I know what we’re trying to do is keep our communities alive, and we try to get into communities that are often overlooked and underserved. So the crisis has really shown a light on the inequities that have plagued our society for decades. So it’s a problem. I hope maybe there’ll be some different understanding when we get out of this of what we need to do; there’s some new things to think about. It’s really interesting. The times they are a-changin’. Bob Dylan said that. They really are changing. They’re changing dramatically. And unless we get on board, we’re going to be in trouble.

Have you ever experienced fear in your own career?

Oh yeah, fear is part of an artist’s repertoire. That’s what you do. That’s what art is all about. That’s what good art is all about. You know, you’re always wondering whether you can rise to the occasion, whether you’re playing jazz or standing in front of a blank canvas or creating something with clay. The fear is, do I know what I’m doing? Can I come up with something worth looking at? And I think fear is part of the repertoire of an artist. Cause there’s the unknown. That’s the thing that is so inspiring about art. It’s seductive because the arts are a mystery; you can’t put your finger on it. You can’t put your finger on what you like about it, or what you don’t like about it.

When you think of all the great songs and things that have been written through the years in the Western lexicon, there’s 12 notes. Everyone has those same 12 notes. Mozart had those notes. Beethoven had those notes. Thelonious Monk had those notes. Charlie Parker had those notes. You know what I’m saying? It’s a great mystery of how do you get all these different combinations out of 12 notes? You can’t figure it out, even if you try to analyze it. And there are people that have tried to analyze it, but you can’t, because it’s in that other special place that has to do with feelings. And that’s why art is so important.

Herb Alpert Award Theatre Winners (L-R) Daniel Alexander Jones ('06), Eisa Davis ('12), Pavol Liska & Kelly Copper ('13), Lloyd Suh ('19), Bill "Reverend Billy" Talen ('10), Rinde Eckert ('09), Dan Hurlin ('04), Daniel Fish ('17), David Greenspan ('02)

(from the Interview by Nicholas F. Mondello for All About Jazz)

It's been nearly four years since we last spoke to Herb Alpert. Now in his early 80s and about to go on tour performing with his wife, Lani Hall, Alpert continues to be a dynamic—and vital—force in both the music and art world. His philanthropic efforts on behalf the arts and music education are unparalleled and distinguish him as a true humanitarian.

All About Jazz: Herb, on behalf of All About Jazz, thanks for taking time.

Herb Alpert: Thank you. Always great speaking with you, Nick.

AAJ: First off, how are you and Lani doing musically?

HA: We're good. We're about to go out on tour. We're now doing about 50 performances a year.

AAJ: As a trumpet player, I have to ask you: How are your chops?

HA: Better than ever.

AAJ: Great. OK, let's talk about the May 13 event in New York when the 25th Anniversary of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts will take place at the Caldwell Factory. In that quarter century, there have been 125 HAIA award recipients.

HA: Yes, that's correct. There are awards given each year in five disciplines—music, dance, theater, film/video and visual arts.

AAJ: How did this effort all start?

HA: On an idea, you know. I just had an idea that it would be nice to do something because the National Endowment for the Arts sort of closed their doors. They stopped honoring the artists.

Read the full interview here

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Dance

Joanna Haigood (HAA Dance 1998) is the founding Artistic Director of Zaccho Dance Theatre.

(San Francisco, CA) This October, Zaccho Dance Theatre brings the dreams and aspirations of local Bayview Hunters Point residents to life in a new, full-length work entitled Picture Bayview Hunters Point, with free performances over two weekends October 11-14 and 18-21, 2018. This interdisciplinary, site-specific performance centered in, on, and around the historic Bayview Opera House is a celebration of the community in which Zaccho has made its home for the past 28 years and a response to the economic and demographic changes impacting the neighborhood.

Conceived and directed by Zaccho Artistic Director Joanna Haigood in collaboration with video artist Mary Ellen Strom and composer Walter Kitundu, Picture Bayview Hunters Point incorporates high angle aerial choreography with video and sound recording gathered from a series of events and interviews with area residents conducted by the lead artists over the course of a year. The performance, in six sections, reveals personal histories of migration and moments of resistance and offers a collage of community voices expressing hopes and aspirations for Bayview Hunters Point.

Contributing performing artists include José Abad, Alex Allan, Lydia Clinton, Delvin Friñon, Antoine Hunter, Azraa Muhammad, Jarrel Phillips, Adonis Damian Martin Quiñones, Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin, Sonya Smith, Helen Wicks, and musician Martin Luther McCoy.

“I am honored to have had this opportunity to create a performance in the community where I have worked and grown as an artist,” says Joanna Haigood, Zaccho’s founding Artistic Director. “I have heard so many extraordinary stories and have been deeply touched by the generosity of so many in Bayview Hunters Point. I am looking forward to presenting a work that reflects the beauty, strength, and wisdom that this community has nurtured despite its many challenges.”

Picture Bayview Hunters Point is the culmination of a multi-city project realized over the past eighteen years. It marks the completion of a trilogy which began with Picture Powerhorn (2000), commissioned by the Walker Art Center at the Marquette Grain Terminal in Minneapolis and Picture Red Hook (2002), commissioned by Dancing in the Streets at the Port Authority Grain Terminal in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Each of the three communities, although extremely unique in their character, experience similar social and economic challenges common to inner city communities, but are also home to many extraordinary people and organizations working to realize their vision of a positive future. As urban development has begun to expand into these communities, many residents are now at risk of being displaced. Haigood’s question in the face of this was, “If a community had control and unlimited resources to develop organically, what would its future look like?”

Planning for Picture Bayview Hunters Point began in early 2017 with initial artists meetings and the formation of an advisory Community Council whose members include local artists, activists, and youth. Zaccho, together with the work’s collaborating artists and the nonprofit social enterprise and video production organization BAYCAT, documented local histories and the community’s vision through a series of special events, interviews, and youth programs and has incorporated these elements into the final performances, along with archival material from Found SF.

All performances are free and open to the public. Picture Bayview Hunters Point takes place at the Bayview Opera House, 4705 3rd St., San Francisco, CA. For more information and to register for performances, visit zaccho.org. Post-show discussion panels will be held Saturday, October 13 and Friday, October 19 with lifelong community residents, Memliek Walker and Toni Carpenter, and moderated by San Francisco City College African American Studies Chair Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin.

Picture Bayview Hunters Point is made possible through generous support from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Foundation, California Arts Council, Surdna Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the MAP Fund, Zellerbach Family Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, California Humanities, the W Fund, and Zaccho's generous individual donors.

About Zaccho Dance Theatre

Founded in 1980, Zaccho Dance Theatre creates and presents performance work that investigates dance as it relates to place. Artistic Director Joanna Haigood’s creative work focuses on making dances that use natural, architectural, and cultural environments as points of departure for movement exploration and narrative. Haigood’s innovative work involves in-depth research into the history and character of sites, often involving local communities in the creative process, and typically integrates aerial flight and suspension as ways of expanding performer’ spatial and dynamic range.

In addition to its performances locally, nationally, and internationally, Zaccho provides arts education programs in school, after school and in partnership with community organizations in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco.

About the Bayview Opera House

Founded in 1989 to manage programs from the historic 1888 South San Francisco Opera House, Bayview Opera House, Inc. (BVOH) is a 501 (c) (3) organization with a mission to serve as the focal point of art and culture in the Bayview Hunters Point community by providing accessible, diverse, and high-quality arts education, cultural programs, and community events in a safe environment. BVOH highlights the culture and struggle of the African American community in Bayview Hunters Point in the last 50 years.

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Film/Video

Herb Alpert Award Artist Cauleen Smith (Film/Video 2016)

Through films, objects, and installation, Give It or Leave It offers an emotional axis by which to navigate four distinct universes: Alice Coltrane and her ashram, a 1966 photo shoot by Bill Ray at Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers, Noah Purifoy and his desert assemblages, and black spiritualist Rebecca Cox Jackson and her Shaker community. These locations, while not technically utopian societies, embody sites of historical speculation and radical generosity between artist and community. In reimagining a future through this mix, Smith casts a world that is black, feminist, spiritual, and unabashedly alive.

The attempts referenced by Smith do not turn their backs on the here and now. Each effort, in its own way, embedded gestures of self-realization in current events and social publics. Building upon this, each exploration served as antidote to a pervasive hopelessness perceived in American society. This defiantly aspirational energy drives the exhibition. As an idiom, “give it or leave it,”mutates the coercive attitude behind,”take it or leave it.” Smith’s recast proposes a liberating rule for a better world—creating, offering, and gifting, regardless of a gesture’s recognition, acceptance, or rejection. In this refusal to summon a reaction, one surrenders to possibilities of generosity, hospitality, and a collective destiny. Give It or Leave It calls to the self, refusing to issue an ultimatum that demands another’s response.

 

Reading List
Monument Eternal by Franya J. Berkman
Gifts of Power: The Writings of Rebecca Cox Jackson, Black Visionary, Shaker Eldress by Jean McMahon Humez
‘World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda’, by Luaka Bop Records

2018 Herb Alpert Award winners announced!

The Los Angeles Times, May 17, 2018:

"For five midcareer pros working in film/video, dance, music, theater and visual art, the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts is a remarkable prize: $75,000 to use at a time when work is often poised to go in exciting or even radical new directions.

The Herb Alpert Foundation on Thursday announced the winners for 2018, the 24th year the awards, which are administered by California Institute of the Arts, have been handed out. The winners are choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili, filmmaker Arthur Jafa, composer and pianist Courtney Bryan, playwright Robert O'Hara and interdisciplinary artist Michael Rakowitz."

Category:
Theatre

The MacArthur Foundation announced it's list of 2017 Fellows today, including Herb Alpert Award Artist Taylor Mac!

 

 

“We are delighted to celebrate the Herb Alpert Award’s 23rd anniversary,” says Rona Sebastian, President of the Herb Alpert Foundation. “Each year the Award recognizes five visionary mid-career artists who expand their fields as well as our horizons. We believe that championing the arts, individual artists, and arts education – from early childhood through professional development – has profound social, cultural, and personal impact. This is at the core of the Foundation’s interests.”

“It’s particularly meaningful at this divisive moment to honor and support this year’s winners who are rigorous in their reach, alert to the world, and make community as much as they make art,“ says Irene Borger, Director of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. She describes why they were chosen by the 2017 panelists:


“The Dance panel was thrilled to select choreographer luciana achugar, for her exciting, anarchic artistry, her big vision, her capacity to visualize and enact pleasure and beauty in the transcendent body, unflinching willingness to look at socio-political concerns and how they impact individuals, and no less than the creation of pagan experiences and ‘new rituals.’”

DANCE Panelists: Olga Garay-English, Ralph Lemon, Carla Peterson


“The Film/Video panel honors artist Kerry Tribe, for her fearlessness in rethinking and readdressing social issues, her ability to make surprising and moving connections, for her demanding, pleasurable, transformative, and accessible work. They value her empathetic, generous and rare ability to immerse her audiences in new ways of seeing the world.”

FILM/VIDEO Panelists: Erin Christovale, Stephen Gong, Leslie Thornton


“Composer Eve Beglarian was chosen as the winner in Music for her prolific, engaging, and surprising body of work, her deep engagement with different communities, her dedication to continuing to make experimental work outside the canon, and her risk taking in both music and life with no separation between these spheres.”

MUSIC Panelists: John King, Tania León, Nicole Mitchell


“Director Daniel Fish was selected by the Theatre panel for his mesmerizing, bold complex imagination, his steadfast commitment to the art of possibility, the ways he unceasingly questions what theatre might be, his amplification of ideas through his independent artistic explorations, and for his dedication to widening the forms for performance, enlarging ones experience in American theatre.”

THEATRE Panelists: Kristy Edmunds, Tom Sellar, Meiyin Wang


“Artist Amy Franceschini was named the Visual Arts prize winner for her brave, ethical important cross-disciplinary work that grapples with critical issues of human survival, for her prescient intergenerational and transnational vision, her theoretical and conceptual reach and real-world applications, and for her engaged and collaborative citizenship.”

VISUAL ARTS Panelists: Emily Jacir, Joan Simon, Claire Tancons  

 

Short film on the Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts
 

Herb Alpert Foundation media requests, contact:
Caroline Graham, C4 Global Communications
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“We are delighted to celebrate the Herb Alpert Award’s 23rd anniversary,” says Rona Sebastian, President of the Herb Alpert Foundation. “Each year the Award recognizes five visionary mid-career artists who expand their fields as well as our horizons. We believe that championing the arts, individual artists, and arts education – from early childhood through professional development – has profound social, cultural, and personal impact. This is at the core of the Foundation’s interests.”

 
DANCE

Olga Garay-English, independent arts consultant, Los Angeles

Ralph Lemon, artist, Herb Alpert Award winner, Brooklyn, NY  

Carla Peterson, director, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Tallahassee, FL


FILM/VIDEO

Erin Christovale, curator, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Black Radical Imagination, Los Angeles  

Stephen Gong, executive director, Center for Asian American Media, San Francisco  

Leslie Thornton, artist, Herb Alpert Award winner, New York


MUSIC

John King, composer, Herb Alpert Award winner, New York

Tania León, composer-conductor, founder and artistic director, Composers Now, Nyack, NY

Nicole Mitchell, composer, improviser, Herb Alpert Award winner, Long Beach, CA


THEATRE

Kristy Edmunds, executive and artistic director, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, Los Angeles 

Tom Sellar, editor, Theater magazine, and professor, Yale School of Drama, New Haven, CT and Brooklyn, NY 

Meiyin Wang, curator and producer, Berkeley, CA


VISUAL ARTS

Emily Jacir, artist, Herb Alpert Award winner, Rome, Italy and Bethlehem, Palestine

Joan Simon, independent curator, writer, arts administrator, Santa Monica, CA

Claire Tancons, curator, writer, researcher based in New Orleans, works in situ

 

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The Herb Alpert Foundation commissioned an extraordinary short film about the prize and the people it has touched. Take a look!

“We are proud to celebrate the 22nd Anniversary of Herb Alpert Award in the Arts,” says Rona Sebastian, President of the Herb Alpert Foundation. “Each year the Award recognizes five extraordinary innovative mid–career artists who consistently take creative risks. Our work at the Foundation supports programs that offer arts education from early childhood through professional development based on the belief that each of us has a unique voice that can be explored through the arts and have personal transformation as well as societal impact.”

2016 Herb Alpert Award Panelists
 
DANCE:
Nora Chipaumire, choreographer, performer, 2012 Herb Alpert Award Winner, New York
 
Joanna Haigood, artistic director, Zaccho Dance Theatre, 1998 Herb Alpert Award Winner, San Francisco
 
Louise Steinman, writer/curator, ALOUD series, Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Los Angeles
 
FILM/VIDEO:
Romi Crawford, associate professor, Visual and Critical Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
 
Alex Juhasz, professor of Media Studies, Pitzer College, Pasadena, CA
 
Astria Suparak, curator and artist, Pittsburgh, PA
 
MUSIC:
Adam Fong, composer, and co–founder, Center for New Music, San Francisco
 
Myra Melford, composer, 2012 Herb Alpert Award Winner, professor, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
 
Francisco Nuñez, conductor, composer, director, Young People’s Chorus of New York City, New York
 
THEATRE:
Maria Goyanes, associate producer, The Public Theater, New York
 
Gideon Lester, director of Theatre Programs, Bard College, Annandale–on–Hudson, NY
 
Angela Mattox, artistic director, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), Portland, OR
 
VISUAL ARTS:
Helen Molesworth, chief curator, MOCA, Los Angeles
 
Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
 
Emily Zimmerman, associate curator of Programs, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Category:
Dance

Congrats to choreographer Michelle Dorrance, 9th Herb Alpert Award Artist to become MacArthur Fellow! Natalia Almada ('11), Carrie Mae Weems ('96), George Lewis ('99), Kerry James Marshall ('97), Pepón Osorio ('99), Steve Coleman ('00), Suzan-Lori Parks ('96), Vijay Iyer ('03).

Congratulations too 2012 Alpert/UCROSS recipient La Toya Frazier.

Congratulations to artists Jesse McLean, Richard Montoya, Julie Murray, and Rodrigo Reyes for being selected as Alpert/MacDowell Fellows. Fellows receive a month at the MacDowell Colony and a $750.00 stipend from the Herb Alpert program.
 
Founded in 1907 and situated on 450 woodland acres in Peterborough, New Hampshire, the MacDowell Colony, the most distinguished and oldest artist colony in America, is known for the talent and mix of its artists. Fellows include architects, composers, film and video makers, writers and interdisciplinary and visual artists. There are 32 private studios assigned according to the work proposed.
 

Click here for the full article.

"The winners represent a kind of adventurousness," says awards director Irene Borger. "One of the questions I ask of the jury is, 'What makes you curious? What's interesting? ... And for whom will the prize make a difference?'"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 30, 2015
 
Santa Monica — The Herb Alpert Foundation and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) will award the 21st Annual Herb Alpert Award in the Arts to five exceptional mid–career artists, presented at a lunch hosted by the Herb Alpert Foundation in Santa Monica on May 1st 2015.
 
 
Herb Alpert said of the 2015 HAAIA winners, “It’s exciting to be able to support these five unique artists who are always on the hunt for something they don’t yet know, something real that touches us in a deep place. Whether they are writing a concerto, making a film, an installation, a ruckus or a dance, they always look for something special and original to say. These are artists with the passion, talent and the restlessness that never makes them stop. They HAVE TO make art not just for themselves… but for all of US.
 
The awards recognize past performance and future promise to artists working in Dance, Film/Video, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts; an outstanding candidate in each genre receives a prize of $75,000.
 
“We are delighted to celebrate the winners of The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts,” says Rona Sebastian, President of the Herb Alpert Foundation. “Now in its 21st year, the program honors and supports five innovative and courageous mid–career artists, chosen for their vital work which embodies the transformative power of the arts. We look forward to their continued explorations and success.”
 
The California Institute of the Arts, more commonly referred to as CalArts, has administered the awards since their inception. CalArts President Steven D. Lavine said, “Nothing is more precious for artists than the gift of time to dive deeply into their work. But art is also almost always about generosity and sharing. The Herb Alpert Awards generously underwrite that creative time as well as the weeklong residency that each artist does at CalArts, allowing the Herb Alpert recipients to share generously with the next generation of art makers.”
 
“Each of this year’s winners makes us stop, draw on our own vulnerability, and extend our thinking,” says Irene Borger, Director of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. She describes why the 2015 winners were chosen.
 
DANCE:
Maria Hassabi, for changing the nature of spectatorship, for challenging conventional ideas about performance, for stripping away busyness and the ornamentation of dancing to allow for rare contemplative experience.
 
FILM/VIDEO:
Sharon Lockhart, for her films which combine structural rigor, formal exactitude, exquisite beauty, intimate attention, commitment to a cinema of duration, and a sympathetic ethnographic eye in a post–minimalist aesthetic entirely her own.
 
MUSIC:
Julia Wolfe, for her fresh, uncompromising artistry, her vibrant, direct, and emotionally powerful works generous and bold in spirit and her engagement with socially conscious issues, a tradition that is passionately and unapologetically American to the core.
 
THEATRE:
Taylor Mac, for his fierce, disarming, beautiful, transgressive, emotionally vulnerable work; for social critique disguised as glitter, ambitious scope, and for effervescently rearranging audiences perceptions while creating a great time.
 
VISUAL ARTS:
Tania Bruguera, for the complexity, longevity, and urgency of her work, for her strong formal clarity and ongoing contribution to international conversations on freedom of speech and illegal immigration. The panel honors her for her commitment to resisting market pressures in order to seek an ethics of what art can do, and recognize the innovative ways she has reinvented the language of activism within contemporary culture.
 
For more information about the Awards, please visit:
www.herbalpertawards.org
www.herbalpertfoundation.org
 
Herb Alpert Foundation media requests, contact:
Caroline Graham, C4 Global Communications
caroline@c4global.com | 310 899 2727 | www.c4global.com
 

 

Category:
Music

Congratulations, Miya!

Category:
Music

The single most important thing that you can do to develop a more sophisticated musical ear is to work on melody and rhythm memory.

The following exercise will help with melody memory and eventually allow you to enjoy listening to music with improved perception for melodic detail.  This is the familiar song that little children sing when expressing one-upmanship while playing a game with friends.  The syllables are expressed in relative pitch (and height) to each other.

1

2

3

4

5

 

 

nah

 

 

nah

 

 

nah

 

 

nah

 

 

naaah

If any of you are musicians or have a musical instrument at hand you can use the following pitches.

1

2

3

4

5

 

 

D

 

 

C

 

 

C

 

 

A

 

 

A

Assume that the five syllables are numbered 1 through 5.  Try memorizing the pitches (and the corresponding numbers), then try singing them in the following sequences:

2  1  3  4  5

5  4  3  2  1

2  1  2  3

2  1  3

2  3  2  3  4

2  1  2  1  3  3  2

...and any other combination that you can think of.

Try this with a friend:  Sing one of the above pitch orders and have the friend tell you the corresponding numbers.  In this case the person singing should try to 'hear' the melody in your head and memorize the corresponding numbers before you sing it.

Also try using different rhythms.

Category:
Film/Video

Herb Alpert Award Artists to Show Films at the NY Film Festival October 3, 2014.

Deborah Stratman ('14)

Kevin Jerome Everson ('12)

Jacqueline Goss ('07)

Read our press release!

Watch one of a kind interviews with the 2014 Herb Alpert Artists.

Michelle Dorrance

Matana Roberts

Annie Dorsen

Daniel Joseph Martinez

Congratulations to Grisha Coleman (Dance), Taylor Mac (Th), Sean San Jose (Th), Matthew Porterfield (F/V) and Chris Sullivan (F/V)

 
The Herb Alpert Foundation hosted their annual award lunch on Friday, May 9th. — Santa Monica, California
 
R: Michelle Dorrance, Matana Roberts, Deborah Stratman, Herb Alpert, Lani Hall Alpert, Annie Dorsen, Daniel Joseph Martinez
(Photo by: Matt Sayles/Invision for The Herb Alpert Foundation/AP Images)

The Herb Alpert Award was initiated and funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation and has been administered by California Institute of the Arts since 1994. During their prize year, Herb Alpert Award winners spend at least one week in residence at CalArts. Some - including playwrights Suzan-Lori Parks and Carl Hancock Rux, and composer Anne LeBaron - have returned as full-time faculty. Dean of CalArts' Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts Stephan Koplowitz first came to CalArts after winning the 2004 Herb Alpert Award in Dance.

Category:
Film/Video

"All Vows," directed and written by Bill Morrison ('06), co-written by Michael Gordon.

New York Premiere, Opening at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Click here to view trailer.

Category:
Visual Arts

Take a closer look at web, sound, and film projects by Alpert Artists Christian Marclay ('02) and Michael Smith ('12), now available online: 

 
 
Category:
Visual Arts

Adam Simon from Bomb Magazine interviews Alpert Artist Byron Kim ('08) about portraiture and how to find something in nothing.

Read more here.

Category:
Dance

Alpert Artist Julia Rhoads' ('13)  Lucky Plush performs at the Loeb Playhouse February 7th at 8pm.

“a visually, kinetically, sonically and intellectually dazzling piece of dance theater” - Chicago Sun Times

Click here to buy tickets

“a visually, kinetically, sonically and intellectually dazzling piece of dance theater” (Chicago Sun Times) - See more at: http://www.convocations.org/portfolio/lucky-plush-2-7-14/#sthash.dsuomj5Q.dpuf
Category:
Theatre

Alpert Artist Carl Hancock Rux ('03) has been invited by Alpert Artist Carrie Mae Weems ('96) to participate in her retrospective at the Guggenheim April 25-27th.

Weems brings with her artists she says have "broadened the path that has made me who I am and my work possible".

The three day celebration will include film, video, performance, projected realities, interviews, panels, poetry, music and more.

Category:
Visual Arts

Alpert Artist Carrie Mae Weems ('96) talks about race, gender and her deserved recognition in ELLE Magazine. 

Category:
Theatre

Big Ten Theatre Consortium commisions Alpert Artist Naomi Iizuka ('05) for the New Play Initiative.

Category:
Visual Arts

Alpert Artist Cai Guo-Qiang ('01) features a solo exhibition, "Falling Back to Earth", at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Australia. 

For the first time ever, all 3,000 square meters of GOMA’s ground floor have been dedicated to an exhibition of work by a single living artist.

Category:
Visual Arts

"Her love of our city comes through her photographs and I'm excited to have her images welcome visitors to L.A. and Angelenos back home." -LATimes

Alpert Artist Catherine Opie ('03) takes new photographs of Eric Garcetti for LAX. 

Category:
Music

Herb Alpert Award Artist Butch Morris ('06)

February 10, 1947 - January 29, 2013

A Tribute To The Music of Lawrence D. 'Butch' Morris | James Blood Ulmer + David Murray Octet Present | France 11/30/13

Category:
Theatre
 
 
"...Is there a space outside of the elite museum archive, and outside of the rapid and massive digital repertoire, where one can practice contemplation in the spirit of nonownership, and where play isn’t professionalized (another job)?"
Category:
Music

Herb Alpert Award Artist Myra Melford: Language of Dreams

Fri-Sat, Nov 8-9, 8 PM
YBCA Forum

Click here to watch a video featuring Myra.

A congratulations to the following Alpert Artists for their nominations in:

Outstanding Revived Work: Donna Uchizono  ('05) for "State of Heads"

Outstanding Musical Composition/Sound Design: Nora Chipaumire's ('12) choreography for "Miriam"

Outstanding Productions (of a work stretching the boundaries of a traditional form): Joanna Haigood ( '98 ) for "Paseo" and Marc Bamuthi Joseph ( '11) for "red, black, & GREEN: a blues"

The 29th Annual Bessie Awards took place October 7, 2013 at 8:00pm at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City.

Category:
Theatre

This month, Nature Theater of Oklahoma (Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska) is presenting Life and Times Episodes 4.5 & 5 as part of its acclaimed Crossing the Line 2013 festival in New York.


A three-minute clip from Episode 4.5 will be shown simultaneously across 15 electronic billboards in Times Square as part of Midnight Moment. The video will play every night throughout September from 11:57 p.m. - midnight.

 

The 2013 New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award
winners and nominees:


Outstanding Revived Work: Donna Uchizono  (AAIA '05) for "State of Heads"

Outstanding Productions (of a work stretching the boundaries of a traditional form): Joanna Haigood (AAIA '98 ) for "Paseo" and Marc Bamuthi Joseph (AAIA '11) for "red, black, & GREEN: a blues"

Read more here.

John Kelly (AAIA Dance '01) unveils a new cycle of covers.

Read more.

 

Category:
Theatre

Congratulations to Dan Hurlin (AAIA in Theatre '04) winner of the 2013-14 Jesse Howard, Jr. Rome Prize.

To read.

Category:
Theatre

To Read

Category:
Theatre
 
 
 

Congratulations to:

Eisa Davis (AAIA '12) for receiving the Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Performance

Nature Theater of Oklahoma (AAIA '13) for their Special Citation for Life and Times: Episodes 1-4  

Lisa D'Amour (AAIA '08 ) Best New American Play: Detroit

 

Click here to read more on the 2013 Obie Awards Announcement.

2013 Alpert Award in the Arts winners with Herb and Lani Alpert.

(L to R: Lani Alpert, Alex Mincek, Sharon Hayes, Herb Alpert, Kelly Copper, Julia Rhoads, Pavol Liska, Lucien Castaing-Taylor)

Artists with extraordinary talent win the $75,000 Alpert Award in the Arts for Dance, Film/Video, Music, Theater and Visual Arts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Santa Monica, May 10, 2013:

The Herb Alpert Foundation and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) have awarded the 19th annual Alpert Award in the Arts to six exceptional mid-career artists. The award, a prize of $75,000,recognizes past performance and future promise to artists working in Dance, Film/Video, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. Herb Alpert, the legendary musician and artist who created the Herb Alpert Foundation with his wife Lani Hall and gave the first Alpert Award in the Arts in 1995, says, “All of this year’s winners represent the essence of the Alpert Award. They take aesthetic, intellectual and political risks, and challenge worn-out conventions. They’re unafraid of the unknown.”

The 2013 Winners are:

Julia Rhoads, Dance: choreographer, director, performer; Chicago, IL
Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Film/Video: anthropologist, artist, filmmaker; Cambridge, MA
Alex Mincek, Music: composer and saxophonist; New York, NY
Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska, Theatre: directors of Nature Theater of Oklahoma; New York, NY
Sharon Hayes, Visual Arts: artist and performer; New York, NY

Irene Borger, Director of the Alpert Award in the Arts, describes why each of the 2013 artists was chosen.

“The Film/Video panel selected anthropologist, artist, and filmmaker Lucien Castaing-Taylor, for his visceral, emotionally engaging, aesthetically rigorous, and spiritually moving work, and for his defiance of genre categorization through documenting our world with a spirit of experimentation and adventure.”

“The Theatre panel is honoring co-directors Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska for the scale of their theatrical ambition, their aesthetic innovation, and the way they systematically challenge and reinvent their artistic identity with each project. They admire the joyful play, formal rigor, and transcendence that marks Nature Theater of Oklahoma's work.”

“Artist and performer Sharon Hayes was named the winner of the Visual Arts prize for they way her collaborative processes embody the Alpert Award's dedication to engagement and generosity. Her commitment to giving voice to others, and reflections on the nature of history, and the power of public voice are provocative and timely.”

“Composer and saxophonist Alex Mincek was honored with the Music Award for creating a sound world at once original and informed, for his searching spirit combined with solid accomplishment, and, with his fresh and diverse mix of influences, creating a musical space relevant to the moment.”

Julia Rhoads, choreographer, director, performer, is being recognized by the Dance panel for the unique hybrid of theater and post-modern dance, and mesmerizing, thought-provoking, full-throttle dancing made in service of witty and engaging works that confront issues of gender, violence, class, sexuality, and issues of ownership and appropriation in the digital age.”

Over the years the distinguished Alpert Award panelists have selected a group of artists who have gone on to extraordinary careers after winning the Alpert Award including Zhou Long, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner in Music; Suzan-Lori Parks, a Pulitzer winner for Drama 2002; four MacArthur Fellows and 22Guggenheim Fellows.

2013 ALPERT AWARD PANELISTS:

DANCE PANEL
Ann Carlson*, choreographer/individual artist; Palo Alto, CA
Wendy Perron, editor-in-chief, Dance Magazine; New York, NY
David Rousseve*, artistic director, David Rousseve Reality; professor of choreography, World Arts and Cultures/Dance, University of California; Los Angeles, CA

FILM/VIDEO PANEL
Margarita De la Vega-Hurtado, independent film person; Houston, TX
Bill Morrison*, filmmaker; New York, NY
Astria Suparak, director and curator, Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University; Pittsburgh, PA

MUSIC PANEL
Edmund Campion, composer, University of California, Berkeley; co-director, Center for New Music and Audio Technologies; Berkeley, CA
Mary Ellen Childs, composer; Minneapolis, MN
Anthony Davis, composer, University of California; San Diego, CA

THEATRE PANEL
Kim Euell, playwright and dramaturg-at-large; Iowa City, IA
Gideon Lester, director of Theatre Programs, Bard College; Co-curator, Crossing the Line Festival; New York, NY
Eric Ting, director and associate artistic director, Long Wharf Theatre; New Haven, CT

VISUAL ARTS PANEL
Paul Ha, director, MIT List Visual Arts Center; Cambridge, MA
Kay Larson, art critic and author, Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists; Accord, NY
Lawrence Rinder, director, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Berkeley, CA

*Past Alpert Award winners

“The Herb Alpert Foundation is delighted to honor these courageous, independently minded artists,” said Foundation President Rona Sebastian. “Begun in 1995, on the heels of the NEA’s cut backs of individual artists’ grants, the Alpert Award was designed to acknowledge the importance of our artists and their significant contributions to society. CalArts has been the ideal partner to carry out Herb Alpert’s vision for building a new and innovative arts award program. CalArts shares our vision of the transformative power of the arts.”

“The awards recognize that a vital culture requires artistic experimentation on the highest level,” said CalArts President Steven Lavine. “A remarkable number of awardees have achieved heightened prominence during the years following the awards and this is due to the foundation’s continued acknowledgement and support of truly significant artists. Moreover, year in and year out, CalArts students benefit when these exemplary artists come to campus for the residence that is a component of the awards.”

Herb Alpert concludes, “CalArts is a really creative place where people push the edges and come up with things that are different from what we’ve seen and heard in the past. It’s exciting to think about how winners of the Alpert Award will push CalArts students even farther.”

The Alpert Award in the Arts recipients will receive their awards at a brunch on May 10th held at the Herb Alpert Foundation in Santa Monica. For more information about the Awards, please visit:

www.alpertawards.org

www.herbalpertfoundation.org

2013 Alpert Award in the Arts press photographs:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/malob17jazpns18/cNjn2SD6UW

Lucien Castaing-Taylor's film, "Leviathan," is opening in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills on Friday, May 10th. Lucien will be doing a Q&A at the 7:30 pm screening. http://laemmle.com/films/36905
Laemmle Music Hall 3
9036 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211
310.478.3836

CalArts media requests, contact: Margaret Crane, CalArts Media Relations Manager,
caroline@c4global.com Tel: 310 899 2727

Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2013 Alpert Award winners AND a nifty new website!

Huge congratulations to Alpert Awardees - Miya Masaoka (Music, ‘04); Pat Graney (Dance, ‘08); Lisa D’Amour (Theatre, ‘08); and Myra Melford (Music, ‘12) - winners of the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards!
Category:
Film/Video

Herb Alpert Award Artist Bill Morrison ('06), premiers “Re: Awakenings” at the Live Ideas Festival April 18-21, 2013 in New York City. Click here for more details.

Category:
Film/Video

Herb Alpert Award Artist ('96) Su Friedrich’s movie “Gut Renovation,” which documents the transformation and gentrification of Williamsburg, Brooklyn is featured in the New York Times.

Category:
Music
Saluting Butch Morris
Category:
Music

To find my expression as contribution to, and continuum in, music, I initially turned to notation and improvisation. How could I overcome the differences between them? I began by locating their common ground. Then, with the values I held–spontaneity, momentum, combustion, ignition and propulsion (the essence of swing)–I returned to fundamentals to identify how all traditions could coexist; that is, for improvisers to improvise and for interpreters to interpret the “same material.” I see Conduction® as a bridge between, and a supplement to, notation, interpretation, improvisation, and musicianship, giving greater latitude to each. My goals are, as always, to answer the questions that Conduction® raises as an expressive medium in culture, community, art and education, and to find the Primus of the Spirit in a new social logic.”

Category:
Music

Congratulations to David Dunn, Herb Alpert Award winner in Music ‘05, for receiving the 2013 Foundation for Contemporary Arts prize. 

Category:
Dance

The New Yorker magazine cites Herb Alpert Award Artist Susan Rethorst’s (Dance ‘10) new book, A Choreographic Mind, as one of the Best of 2012! Congratulations, Susan.

Short excerpts from A Choreographic Mind, can be found at:

http://alpertawards.org/archive/winner10/thework/dance.html

Congratulations to Alpert winners Coco Fusco (Film/Video ‘03) Jackie Goss (Film/Video ‘07), and John Kelly (Dance ‘01) who have just received USA Artists awards for 2012!

Category:
Film/Video

Announcement: Herb Alpert Award Artist Kevin Jerome Everson ('12) will be screening his film ‘Century’ at the AFI Film Festival, November 4th at 9:30pm and the 7th at 6:45pm at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

He will also be presenting a suite of his short films in the Los Angeles Filmforum at the MOCA: “Impulse to Archive” show, November 8th at 7pm.

Category:
Film/Video

Congratulations to filmmaker and Herb Alpert Award Artist, Natalia Almada, a new 2012 MacArthur Fellow!

The Herb Alpert Foundation and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Announce the 2012 winners of the Alpert Award in the Arts.

Artists with extraordinary talent win the $75,000 Alpert Award in the Arts for Dance, Film/Video, Music, Theater and Visual Arts.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Santa Monica, May 11, 2012: The Herb Alpert Foundation and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) have awarded the 18th annual Alpert Award in the Arts to five exceptional mid-career artists. The award, a prize of $75,000, recognizes past performance and future promise to artists working in Dance, Film/Video, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. Herb Alpert, the legendary musician and artist who created the Herb Alpert Foundation with his wife Lani Hall and gave the first Alpert Award in the Arts in 1995, says, “All of this year’s winners represent the essence of the Alpert Award. They take aesthetic, intellectual and political risks, and challenge worn-out conventions. They’re unafraid of the unknown.”

The 2012 Winners are: Nora Chipaumire, Dance Eisa Davis, Theatre Kevin Everson, Film/Video Myra Melford, Music Michael Smith, Visual Arts.

Irene Borger, Director of the Alpert Award in the Arts, describes why each of the artists was chosen.

“The Film/Video panel selected Kevin Everson, a prolific polymath, for his relentlesscuriosity, sustained inquiry, for elevating the visual power of expressive quotidian gestures of working people, and for his aesthetic caring gaze.

Nora Chipaumire is being recognized by the Dance panel for her profound movement intelligence, steaming hot and extraordinary presence, the dialogue she creates with audiences, and her visceral struggles with critical issues of the day.

Myra Melford was honored with the Music Award for her ascending and expansive trajectory, and great, generous musical mind. They celebrate her willingness to dive into the deep end of the pool and her ability to take multiple musical traditions into another sphere.

Michael Smith was named the winner of the Visual Arts prize for subversively using the visual languages of popular and corporate culture to take on big issues, for pioneering narrative within video art practice, and for rendering the everyday as truly strange. They appreciate his having taken on the role of picaresque hero moving through the world as a Charlie Chaplin of the late 20th century.

The Theatre panel selected Eisa Davis for her profound multiple gifts as playwright, performer and musician, her portrayal of the complex richness of our American character, and her work’s relevance and epic sweep, expanding our notion of how one might live in the 21st Century.”

Over the years the distinguished Alpert Award panelists have selected a group of artists who have gone on to extraordinary careers after winning the Alpert Award including Zhou Long, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner in Music; Suzan-Lori Parks, a Pulitzer winner for Drama 2002; four MacArthur Fellows and 22 Guggenheim Fellows.

This year’s panelists include Alma Guillermoprieto, contributor to The New Yorker; Romi Crawford, Associate Professor, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; David Wessel, Professor of Music and Director, Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at University of California, Berkeley; Daniel Alexander Jones, Head of the Playwriting Program; Acting and Theatre History Faculty, Fordham University; and David Joselit, Carnegie Professor, History of Art, Yale University. Past panelists have included Tony Kushner, Julie Taymor, John Adams, Trisha Brown, Don Byron, Ann Hamilton, and David Henry Hwang.

“The Herb Alpert Foundation is delighted to honor these courageous, independently minded artists,” said Foundation President Rona Sebastian. “Begun in 1995, on the heels of the NEA’s cut backs of individual artists’ grants, the Alpert Award was designed to acknowledge the importance of our artists and their significant contributions to society. CalArts has been the ideal partner to carry out Herb Alpert’s vision for building a new and innovative arts award program. CalArts shares our vision of the transformative power of the arts.”

“The awards recognize that a vital culture requires artistic experimentation on the highest level,” said CalArts President Steven Lavine. “A remarkable number of awardees have achieved heightened prominence during the years following the awards and this is due to the foundation’s continued acknowledgement and support of truly significant artists. Moreover, year in and year out, CalArts students benefit when these exemplary artists come to campus for the residence that is a component of the awards.”

Herb Alpert concludes, “CalArts is a really creative place where people push the edges and come up with things that are different from what we’ve heard in the past.

It’s exciting to think about how winners of the Alpert Award will push CalArts students even farther.”

The Alpert Award in the Arts recipients will receive their awards at a brunch on May 11th held at the Herb Alpert Foundation in Santa Monica.

For more information about the Awards, please visit:

www.alpertawards.org

www.herbalpertfoundation.org

Photographs of the 2012 Alpert Award In the Arts recipients can be accessed at:

http://photo.calarts.edu/alpert

CalArts media requests, contact: Margaret Crane, CalArts Media Relations Manager, mcrane@calarts.edu Tel: 661 222 2787

Herb Alpert Foundation media requests, contact: Caroline Graham, C4 Global Communications, caroline@c4global.com Tel: 310 899 2727