As I write, Art21’s founder and executive director, Susan Sollins, is attending the 37th Annual George Foster Peabody Award ceremony to accept the award being given to the Protest episode from Season 4 of Art:21–Art in the Twenty-First Century. What a way to start the week!
As filmmakers we are very deeply honored to receive the Peabody Award. One of 35 programs selected as “the best in electronic media,” our fellow awardees, include producers for major news organizations (CNN, ABC, CBS, BBC) and established PBS programs (Nature, Frontline, Independent Lens), as well as those of The Colbert Report and 30 Rock – a testament to the importance of artists’ voices to our national conversation and to the Art21 series that allows their voices to be heard.
Our winning episode features Nancy Spero, Alfredo Jarr, Jenny Holzer, and An-My Lê sharing their processes of making artworks that grapple with the complexities of global politics and activism, and exemplifies Art21’s approach of showcasing artists’ deep engagement with the world around them.
If you haven’t seen the full program yet, consider entering to win your very own copy! Donate $10 or more to Art21 by Friday, June 20, 2008 to be entered to win Art21 DVDs and books, including our Peabody-Award winning episode. Read here for details.Thanks so much to all of you who have already made a donation, or helped to spread the word on Facebook. As of this post, 118 people have joined our cause! We greatly appreciate everyone’s support during our first-ever online fundraiser.