14 March 2016
Gustavo Dudamel receives Americas Society Cultural Achievement Award
Gustavo Dudamel was today presented with the Americas Society Cultural Achievement Award for his many outstanding artistic and humanitarian accomplishments.
Dudamel received the Cultural Achievement Award at a special ceremony that brought together more than one hundred guests at the Society’s landmark building in New York. The evening featured a conversation between Dudamel and journalist and producer Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson.
“Maestro Gustavo Dudamel is a towering cultural figure in modern Latin America,” said Americas Society and Council of the Americas President and CEO Susan Segal. “He brings together in one person extraordinary musical talent, a passion for education and a new vision for achievement and advancement that have touched the lives of thousands of young people around the world. He fully embodies the values that the Americas Society Cultural Achievement Award seeks to recognize, and we are very proud to have the opportunity to recognize him in this manner.”
“On behalf of all the people who believe and engage in the vision that music and the arts can be a vehicle for social change," said Dudamel, "I am very honored to accept this award and wish to thank the Americas Society and its President, Susan Segal. In our extremely complex world, it is my hope that music will continue to inspire and to heal people. This has been and remains my goal."
Americas Society is the premier organization dedicated to education, debate and dialogue in the Americas. Established by David Rockefeller in 1965, its mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship.