NYC-ARTS: Mayor's Awards for Arts and Culture
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The seven honorees at the Mayor's Awards for Arts and Culture were pre-announced, yet there were still surprises at the celebratory event hosted by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Whoopi Goldberg at New York City Center on February 20, 2013.
Unless you're part of the inner circles of philanthropist grand dame Agnes Gund or Department of Cultural Affairs Chair Kate Levin, both of whom had a guiding hand in the awards, it's unlikely you've seen either culture maven behave anything but officious. Instead of speeches, the pair treated the audience of nearly 2,000 to a tongue-in-cheek lip-sync of Beyoncé's "Star Spangled Banner." Why? Who knows, but along with the mayor's and Goldberg's banter, it set the tone for a relaxed evening.
In a ceremony interspersed by real performances, composer Philip Glass, actor Edward Norton, the Ford Foundation, the St. George Theatre, educator Anthony Armstrong and artist Fred Wilson were recognized for their outstanding contributions to Ne
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