3rd Jan 2012
ADMAF Founder awarded prestigious Aspen Institute award for championing the arts
The Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) has received the prestigious Royal Opera House Muscat – Aspen Cultural Stewardship Award for its role as a significant force in the fostering of art appreciation in the Middle East through the promotion of diverse artistic expressions and educational programmes.
The glittering ceremony took place last month in Muscat and was part of the Aspen Institute's inaugural Creative Arts World Summit. The summit, which was attended by arts and culture professionals from more than 30 countries worldwide, ran over three days in the Omani capital and was themed under the banner ' Arts in Motion'.
ADMAF Founder Mrs Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo was presented the Emerging Voice Award by Mr Alan Fletcher, President of The Aspen Music Festival & Trustee of The Aspen Institute. Speaking shortly after the event Mrs Kanoo said, “This award represents a milestone in ADMAF's journey towards cementing the future of arts and culture in the UAE. I would like to thank the Aspen Institute for their faith and support in our hard work especially ADMAF’s long-running education and community projects.”
Adding, “We are extremely proud to be able to be here today representing Abu Dhabi and the UAE on this, the nation's 40th anniversary, and be amongst so many prestigious organisations. This recognition will drive us forward and boost our upcoming programmes for 2012 and the years ahead.”
The 3-day summit saw artists, academics, policy-makers, producers, designers, and other industry players in the fields of arts and culture engage in debates and workshops aimed at addressing the effect of globalism on indigenous cultures, art and technology, storytelling, the development of cultural markets, and professional development for artists and arts practitioners. The award was presented to ADMAF for its ongoing work in the development of the arts across the UAE with special emphasis on the nation’s youth.
Other recipients of awards were the distinguished and renowned ethnomusicologist, Emeritus Professor J.H. Kwabena Nketia; Executive film & television producer, Neil Baer; and reconstruction artist and book illustrator, Dr Harper Johnson.
The Colorado and Washington-based Aspen Institute was developed to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.